Larry Fluckiger, Author at The Ring Finders

Lost ring in Sandy: Found

Addie and her husband spent an hour at the park throwing balls for their dogs. After they got back in their car, she was horrified to discover that her 14K gold diamond wedding ring, that had been her grandmother’s, was gone. Addie was recovering from a serious illness, so she had lost weight, and the ring was loose. They spent the afternoon searching through the grass, but they had covered a lot of ground playing with the dogs, so there was a large area to search, and they didn’t find the ring. Addie called me to ask for help. I brought my metal detectors and met her at the park. It took an hour and a half, but I found the ring hiding in the grass!

Lost ring in Salt Lake City: Found

Forbes and a friend spent an afternoon moving rocks and cleaning up brush for a project at Forbes’ mother’s home. The friend removed his gold wedding ring so it wouldn’t get scratched, and put in a pocket that unfortunately had a hole. The ring disappeared. They searched, but couldn’t find the ring in the gravel, dirt, or grass where they had been working. Forbes felt bad that his good friend lost his ring while helping out. They found me on and asked for help. I brought my metal detectors to search the yard, but the ring was not there. They had filled an entire large rolling trash can with green waste, and we wondered if the ring might be there, even though they had searched through it all once before. We emptied the entire contents on to the street, and scanned it with my metal detector. We found the ring, then cleaned up the mess!

Lost ring in Arches National Park: Found

Kevin and Kristen brought their children from Vermont all the way to Southern Utah to visit Moab and the beautiful red rock country. While they were in Arches National Park, Kevin took off his 18K gold wedding band so it wouldn’t get scratched as they climbed around the famous Double Arch. Kristen held the ring, but unfortunately, it disappeared into the soft, red sand. They looked around in the sand, and some helpful onlookers helped out, too, but they couldn’t find the ring. Kristen contacted me through, and we talked through our options. Metal detecting is against the rules in national parks, so Kristen and Kevin talked to several rangers to ask for permission for me to find the ring in the park with my metal detectors. They made several calls to several people at several locations, and they were able to get permission!

It’s more than a 3-hour drive from my home to Arches National Park. I left my home at 5:00 am this morning and met up with Kristen, and with Matt, an Arches National Park ranger who was assigned to accompany us as we looked for the ring. Matt’s job was to make sure we were careful, and to let other Park visitors understand that we were metal detecting in the Park with permission. After about 10 minutes of searching, we found the ring in the sand! Metal detecting in a national park was a unique experience for me. I’m grateful to the National Park Service and to Matt for being willing to give us permission and help to find the lost ring and save a family vacation!




Lost ring in Logan Canyon: Found

Sadly, Ryleigh’s mother passed away when Ryleigh was in high school. Her mothers engagement ring, a beautiful gold solitaire with with a large diamond, was set aside for Ryleigh’s own future engagement. That day came last week, when Ryleigh and Wolf got engaged. A few days later, while on a family fishing excursion at Second Dam in Logan Canyon, the ring slipped of her finger and dropped into the water near the boardwalk. They searched for hours, scooping up mud and carefully spreading it out and searching for the ring. When that failed, they rented a metal detector and searched again. Then they found me on I made the two-hour drive to Cache Valley the next day, met Ryleigh, and started searching. My metal detectors are much better than the kind you can rent, and I’ve found hundreds of rings, so I know how to search in all types of areas. The water was icy, and the mud was deep. This is a popular fishing area, so I found over a dozen fish hooks, several lead weights, and other trash, but after about 30 minutes of searching, I found the ring deep in the mud! Maybe someday Ryleigh will be able to pass the ring on to her own daughter.

Lost ring in Spanish Fork: Found

This is another remarkable story. Courtney and Dave wanted to learn the metal detecting hobby, so they invited me to their old family homestead in Spanish Fork, Utah. The family has lived on that land for over 100 years. I brought extra metal detectors for them, and we started searching to see if we could find any relics. The first good find was an old silver dime, but then I found an old, antique ring. It had two rubies and three elephants, each with a tiny diamond eye, and it looked like it had been made in India. It was gold-plated silver, and it looked like it had been in the ground for maybe 100 years. Inside the ring were the initials « EJ ». After a little looking on we learned that Courtney’s great-grandmother’s name was Eleanor Jane. This must have been her ring! I’m sure that Eleanor would be happy to know that after being lost for four generations, her ring has been found, and is now a treasured family heirloom.

Lost ring in Zion National Park: Found

Jeff and his wife came from Texas to Utah to hike one of the most spectacular trails in the world, Angels Landing in Zion National Park. The narrow trail drops hundreds of feet on both sides. It leads to the top of the Landing, with 1500-foot cliffs dropping on three sides. It was on that trail that Jeff felt his sterling silver class ring slip off his finger and disappear into the shallow snow. They couldn’t find it. He was confident that if he had a metal detector, he could recover the ring. Although I have done searches in that area before, and I was willing to make the 4-hour drive each way, Jeff wanted to try first on his own. He came to my home to borrow one of my metal detectors. I showed him some of the simple operational features. He drove back to Zions, and found the ring!

Lost ring at Utah Lake: Found

Preston went to a popular Utah Lake beach to enjoy the November sunset. While he was there, he removed his 14K gold ring and held it in his hand. When he returned to his car, he realized that he no longer had the ring. He returned to the spot where he had been sitting, but he couldn’t find it. He got a metal detector and searched in the sand again, but still couldn’t find it. That evening, his wife found and gave me a tearful call. I was out of town, but told her I would be home the next night, so we arranged to meet. My plane landed at 7:30 pm, and I met them at the American Fork marina at 9:00 with my metal detectors. After about 10 minutes searching, there was the ring! His wife texted me, « Thank you so much, Larry, for finding my husband’s ring and making time to help us out today! We are amazed how quickly you found it! We really appreciate it. »

Lost earring in Highland: Found

Stephanie spent the afternoon playing ultimate frisbee in a park with her family. After they returned home, she discovered that one of her favorite earrings was missing. The next day, I spent an hour and a half with my metal detector, covering the large area where they had been playing. The weather had changed overnight, and it was cold, with snow and a 20 mph wind. Near the far end zone, I found the missing earring! I’m happy to help anyone that has lost a precious item, but I was especially happy to help Stephanie, because she is my daughter!

Lost ring in Provo: Found

Devon was jogging with her husband, Ty. She decided to remove her rings to put them in a pocket, but suddenly she noticed that rather than two rings, she was only holding one. She still had her diamond engagement ring, but her diamond and gold wedding band was gone. A friend referred them to, and they contacted me. I brought my metal detecting equipment and met Ty at the grassy area where they hoped we would be able to find the ring. It took about 30 minutes, but I found the ring hiding in the grass! Another happy ending!

Lost ring at Jordanelle: Found

This is a wonderful story. Alex was named after Alexander the Great, and since he has always loved ancient Greek history, his wife bought an ancient Greek silver coin and had it melted and alloyed with gold to make his wedding ring. While swimming with his family at Jordanelle reservoir, the ring popped off his finger and disappeared in about 10 feet of water. He tried diving to find it, but it was hopeless. He found me on I brought my metal detectors and my floating air supply and spent about 45 minutes groping blindly in the icy waters, but I couldn’t find the ring. The reservoir is at over 6000 feet in elevation, and the late spring water was just too cold to search effectively. I waited a few weeks and, without telling Alex, I returned to search more thoroughly. I found the ring buried under a couple of inches of mud! Alex was thrilled to hear from me that I had found his ring for him.

Alex sent me this kind note: Thank you so much Larry! This is a story that I will tell my kids about one day. I so appreciate your help, there’s no way we would’ve found this ring without you.