Paul Nolan, Author at The Ring Finders

Wedding Ring Found in Lake Mille Lacs in Wahkon Minnesota

  • de Chisago City (Minnesota, United States)

I received a call looking for someone that could come up and locate a missing ring believed to be in a lake in about 3-4 feet of water.  The individual I was talking to was the former Chief of Police of a near by city before moving up to Northern Minnesota.  We planned on a time on a Saturday for me to come up and give it a good search.

Upon reaching the beautiful home on Lake Mille Lacs, I was greeted by the homeowner waiting for me out in his driveway. It was a beautiful sunny day with few clouds. I’m guessing it was about 85 degrees, with a slight wind. Another perfect day for ring recovery work. The homeowner Mike had a John Deere Gaiter waiting for me to toss all of my stuff into and took me down to the lake.  He explained that he was out moving a couple of bricks around  15’ or so from the end of the dock. Later that evening he and his wife noticed his ring was missing.  So putting everything together – figured it was out in the lake where he was working.  It had been a couple of days since it was lost and he had some fiberglass stakes marking the lake in the area where he had been.

So I dawned my gear and headed out first doing a Primary Search followed up with a secondary more methodical search.  I was finding a bunch of old tops to old beer cans form years gone by. The ones that used the old bottle opener with the pointed end to open the beer cans. The signal that these can tops would make was very similar signal to that of rings. The biggest difference was that they were coming in a little deeper than what I was looking for giving me a little ability to rule out some without digging them. But this is always a little dangerous because you could rule out something that you should not have.

I don’t recall but I remember the sun beating down on the back of my neck and my arm getting a little tire because swinging the metal detector in water takes a little more effort than air swinging.  I must have been out looking for 5-6 hours and came up empty at the end of the day.

I decided to head out and come back in the morning and give the yard and other possible locations a search. These locations seemed much less likely from what we were thinking, but because we were unsuccessful in the water, we had to expand the search area.  Mike had a well-manicured lawn with a very thick root system. This would make it very hard for a ring to get pushed down very far. My concern was that he had mowed the lawn a coupe of times and if the mower had hit it just right it could have launched it to places unknown. So we were hoping that it was run over by a wheel pushing it down into the lawn. After a search of the yard, shrubs, around the garage, and driveway – Nothing. So it was back to the water again.

By the end of the day we had accumulated a box full of parts to metal beer cans and no ring.  It was so frustrating to come up empty for a second day. You could tell that this was also hard on Mike and his wife, they had been married for 40+ years and the ring was with them for all of it. I told them that when they pulled the dock out for winter I would come back up again and give it another search without the dock and boat lift in the way.

So when that time came, I was excited to go back up and give it another try. I had one location that I had a question in the back of my head that I may have had good signal and really wanted to clear one more time. This is wader time with water temperatures running around 50 degrees. The water was glass calm, clear, and down about a foot from the level earlier in the season. I went in and had in my mind clearing that location that I had suspected as being one location I needed to clear. So I went out working the location of the dock working the area slow and methodical. When I made it out towards the location, I was getting close to I got a hit. A little deeper than what I would have liked but a good signal. I dug down and pulled up my scoop and looked inside and there it was another beer can top that I missed on the earlier searches. I kept going and I got another hit in the area that I was looking to clear. It was 3 pieces of metal all right next to one another. 2 were deeper around 4 inches and one was shallower about 2 inches but being masked by the other deeper metal targets.  The metal detector was having a hard time picking up the smaller target. Again I scooped it and missing it, but moved it. Rechecked the location and scooped again and had whatever it was. A look inside the scoop and their it was. The ring I had been searching for was in the bottom of my scoop. Mike was at his normal perch overlooking the lake, how do you let him know?  I flipped him a thumbs up, but just walked back in to him and showed him the scoop.  I had some rocks also in the bottom of the scoop that blocked his view. I shook it a little and he caught a glimpse of it… You found it… My ring.. I can’t believe you found it. It wasn’t long and we were heading back to the house to share the good news. Smiles all around. Pictures, text messages and emails to family members that the ring was recovered. It was great to be a part of the recovery.

  

Lost ring recovered from the Big Lake They Call Gitche Gumee

  • de Chisago City (Minnesota, United States)

I received a call from another Ring Finder from Southeastern Wisconsin (Paul Humphrey) about a party that had lost a ring up in Lake Superior and was wondering if I would be able to go up and assist a couple with finding their ring.  Paul was about 4-5 hours away and thought I would be closer.  He said that he would go if I was unable to make it. Superior Wisconsin is east of Duluth Minnesota by about 5 miles. Its about 2 ½ hours North of the Twin cities.  I told him that indeed I would be able to help them out, and that they could get ahold of me to set up a time that would work.  A short time later I received a call from Grace stating that her husband was in the lake at Wisconsin Point playing with their Labrador and when he got out, he noticed that his ring was missing.  He was not very far out in the lake but was not sure where he lost it. Wisconsin Point has several beautiful sandy beaches and has some sand bars that that go out about 250’ only about 3-4’ deep.  Grace sent me overhead photos with the location somewhat marked out.

I went up on a weekday while they were at work. I had a pretty good idea from talking to them and the photos where they were at. One thing that was said was they were on a sand bar. So when I got up I called them and let them know I was up looking for the ring. I was unable to reach either one of them but did leave messages for them.  So I started working the beach and the edge of the lake with my metal detector.  I was working a long narrow stretch about 400’ long.  I noticed a sand bar and recalled something said about that, so I decided to work out a couple hundred feet. All places that would be a great place to play with a dog.  I spent around 5 hours working the sand bar.  Beautiful weather, sunny skies, surf was calm, and very few people to work around. Near the end of the day a gentleman walked up and introduced himself as the person that had lost the ring. He said that I was 250’ to far east.  So I moved over and started working the area that he said he was in.  A storm front moved in and was starting to lightning about 15 minutes after moving to the new location.  We were forced to pull out for safety and would have to come back another time.

About a week or two later I went back up and was looking in the area that was pointed out to me.  I started my day working the beach where they had set up for the afternoon.  I just wanted to rule out the sandy beach before going into the water.  It would not take long, and I could be reasonably certain that that area was cleared.  While searching the beach what appeared to be a mother, daughter and a toddler were out on the beach in the area around where I was searching. The toddler was so cute and was mesmerized by my swinging the detector back and forth. She would follow me just to see what I was doing.  It was added to the enjoyment of the search.  I briefly spoke to the adults about what I was doing and that I was on a mission rather than just scavenging looking for lost items.

After that I went back out into the water, another beautiful day. Surf was calm and a beautiful day to be out searching. I was working a 100’ wide area going back and forth along the beach working my way out further into the water. The beach had a drop off about 15’ out that dropped down about 2 feet.  It was difficult to cover the area that had the slope being sand. I worked it from the top side and then the bottom side.  I found a cell phone and some miscellaneous junk items.  After about hour I was out about 35 feet and I picked up a signal. It was not a signal that I was thinking would be the ring but scooped it up. I could not believe it, it was the ring.  A beautiful rose gold ring with black diamonds just as they described.  I kind of let out a little YES after I found it and the folks on the beach were excited that I had recovered it.  They came over and seen the ring and where amazed at being able to find that small ring in such a large body of water.

Being 2 hours north of home I called and again was unable to get ahold of Grace and left her a message I was hoping I could meet up with her to give the ring back.  She called me back about 10 minutes later.  “ Hey Grace are you working today? I have something that I would like to get back to you”– No she said she was taking her dog to the vet. But you could tell her excitement. She said she was thinking of going out and buying a new ring later that day. I told her I would meet up with her at her vets office and return the ring.  In the moment I forgot to get photos of the ring being returned to her but they did send back one of the ring back where it belonged.  I did capture a couple of photos on the beach.

What another wonderful recovery. It never gets old helping people recover lost items.

 

    

Lost Ring Recovered in Northern Minnesota.

  • de Chisago City (Minnesota, United States)

On July 9th, 2021 I received a text message from a person that had lost a ring on a beach and wanted to know if I could come and locate it for her.  She told me it was up in Northern Minnesota at her Parents cabin. I could tell that she was somewhat panicked by the loss of a very sentimental ring.  I tried to reassure her that It’s not going anywhere, and I would love to come and find it for her.  She said they were going to give it another look in the morning and she would get back to me.  The next day I received another text that she could not find it and I was given the address of where they were at.  After looking up the address on Google maps I headed North.  It was about 180 miles from where I was at and I loved every minute of the drive.  What a beautiful day for a drive up north.  I asked if it was ok if I brought my dog with for the ride and I was told by all means bring the dog.

About 3 hours later I arrived and was met by her mother and several yellow labs and a golden retriever in the driveway. My dog is a yellow lab as well and boy did those dogs hit it off.  Running and playing. It was nice because my dog doesn’t get a chance very often to run with dogs her own size much.  Before you know it they were in the water have a blast.  I was shown the beach where the ring was lost and it was about a 30’ x 40’area.  The ring was lost tossing a toy to one of the dogs. So a real direction was not known. It could have taken off in any direction, and maybe even backwards into the lake. I started to looking in the sand for the ring.  On my 3rd pass back and forth I got a strong hit for something metallic just under the sand. I brought my sand scoop with to help make things easier. I took a couple of scoops and missed whatever it was.  Then I had it in my scoop. A beautiful gold ring.  It took less then 5 minutes to locate it.  While the party that lost the ring was not around during the hunt she was quickly notified about the recovery and you just knew that everything was going to be OK. It was a honor going up and helping put the pieces of life back in order for one more person.  To top it off, my dog was able to have a few playmates for a short time and we were back on the road.  It was so nice meeting such a wonderful family, perfect summer day, and an absolute beautiful scenic drive to boot.  It doesn’t get much better then tha

 

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Lost Ring found in St. Francis, Minnesota

  • de Chisago City (Minnesota, United States)

Ring with shinny rim.

Dad with both rings and both Kids.

Following being contacted I went out to St. Francis MN. to help a young couple recover a lost wedding ring in tall marsh grass.  Doing some fall cleanup pulling weeds and cutting grass. It was during dumping the clippings in the into the compost pile that he noticed his ring was missing.  His ring fit a little loose and wanted to get to get it resized. After loosing the ring, not thinking it could be found he purchased a new smaller ring.  Meanwhile his wife contacted me and I mentioned that I could come out yet that night. I mentioned that I really don’t need much light, the detector will work just fine in the dark.  I have a headlight that is very bright that I use while working at night.  The area that the ring was last known was pointed out and the new identical ring was tested with the metal detector.  It took about 10-15 minutes to locate the ring. To tell you the truth the headlight played as much of a roll in locating the ring as the metal detector did.  I caught a good tone and the rim of the ring sparkled. I caught a glimmer at the same time the tone came over my headset.  It was nestled down under some tall bent- over grass.   If I were out during the day light I don’t know that I would have spotted it as well as I did.  I think it would have been hidden in the shadows. It was so nice to find it so quickly.  After some long searches its nice to get a couple that are quick.

When I went back up to the house I told them that the grass was a lot longer than I had anticipated. I could see his shoulders drop, you could see the disappointment. I then put my hand out with the ring and you could again see a complete turn of excitement and jubilation.  You found it… It never gets old showing the found rings. With his young kids in his arms he slipped it on a finger for a quick photo.  A story that will be able to be told with a happy ending.

 

Lost Ring Recovered Western Wisconsin.

  • de Chisago City (Minnesota, United States)

I received an email wondering if I could go up to a western Wisconsin lake and see if I could recover a lost ring. It was about 14o miles away. Wanting to ensure a successful recovery on the first trip we waited until both could meet on site to confirm the location of where it was lost.  The water in the lake is getting very cold around 36 degrees F. so waders were going to have to be used.  I was told that the ring came off while uncovering a boat. The ring slipped off and went into the lake near the end of the dock in about 4 feet of water. The lake levels can be lowered for the winter by conservation officials and was down about a foot from summer levels. This putting the search area in around 3 -4 feet of water.   This was about the maximum depth  that I could go before water would come over the waders and my hand would be submerged holding on to the metal detector.  I also use an aluminum scoop to recover targets to prevent from having to get wet this time of year. The search area was about a 15′ x 10′ area. Several attempts were made at finding the ring by the owner and friends and neighbor. They tried snorkeling, raking and tried a metal detector with no luck. I have in the past had searchers looking for lost items using rakes end up moving the rings to a new location, which expands the search area.   I started out with my primary search. A primary search is an initial search in the area of the highest degree of likelihood. It is usually just seeing how many targets are out in the location and if anything just screams hear I am.  The lost ring was platinum with some diamonds.  So you look for somewhat shallow targets, anything deeper then 4″ is kind of ruled out.  The bottom of lakes if real sandy might get pushed down by searchers stepping on it but in this case there was a hardpan layer about 2″ below the bottom sand so it was going to be shallow. I did pick up several targets that were in the range of the ring but turned out to be pop tops/ pull tabs, bottle caps and other misc. junk targets. After searching for 15 – 20 minutes I got a hit on pretty good signal but not jumping out, I had set my scoop down on the dock which was about 6-8′ away. When hitting that target I did not want to take my eye off the target location but I needed to go grab the scoop. Its not hard to loose the target by waves pushing you or currents in rivers. I identified a small white pebble on the bottom that I could come back to. I grabbed the scoop and found the white stone. took a scoop and missed the target, took and second scoop and I had whatever it was in my scoop. BAM there it was… The ring,  what a great feeling seeing the ring in your scoop.  It never gets old.  Now to reunite the owner to the ring.  When I walked back up the hill to the cabin, I mentioned to owner that was standing out on the deck – “boy a lot of junk targets out there”. He said yes he was afraid of that. When I extended my hand out with the ring, it took him by surprise. You found it. You could just see the emotion run across his face. The ring had such deep sentimental value that when reunited you can feel that everything is back in it place and the relief that you are complete again.  It’s so great to see that relief happen right before your eyes.

Never gets old.   

Lost Engagement Ring Recovered Western Wisconsin in Apple River.

  • de Chisago City (Minnesota, United States)

I received a phone call from the mother of a friend of a gal that had lost her ring in the Apple River. For those that are unfamiliar with the Apple River, its about a 3.6-mile meandering river through the Wisconsin countryside. It has a couple of tubing companies that rent out tubes and will bring you back following your floating adventure.  The summer weekends are always busy with floaters from all around.  When floating it is always possible to drop something along the way.

Its not uncommon for people to get separated from some their possessions while enjoying a leisurely float down the river. If what you have lost floats you might be able to recover it quickly. Many people wear sandals and one gets knocked off, you can yell to a buddy to grab it or keep and eye on it and you will be able to recover it. Other times people may drop jewelry and not know where on the river it came off.  When I received a phone call saying that a person had dropped a ring, I thought it would be almost impossible to find without a known location. Even with a location it is exceedingly difficult to find something like a ring.  I mentioned to the mother that without a known location there is no way to find it.

Later the next night, I received another call, this time from Colton the fiancé of the Maria that had lost the ring. He said that he did have a known location and it happened to be where everyone gets out of the river following the ride. In the process of getting off the tube trying to get her feet under herself with the current and slippery submerged boulders under foot, she saw the ring slip off her finger and fall into the river.  She was also trying to stay upright while catching some tipping coolers and contents.   That night the group of friends ran to a local store and bought some snorkels and masks. They searched well into the night without finding the ring.  That’s when they looked up Ring Finders and came across several of the Ring Finders in the area.  They did call Ring Finder Darrin Gray. Darrin has been in Ring Finders the longest and has the recoveries to prove it.  This one was further away for Darrin and he suggested them to call me Paul Nolan being closer to the location of the missing ring.  I must give a shout out to the Minnesota Ring Finders and Darrin in particular; he works very well with the other Ring Finders in the area to help facilitate successful recoveries.

I arranged to meet Colton, Maria’s fiancé out on site to go over the particulars about the location for this recovery.  I started out getting acquainted with the flow of the river and trying to determine how far out she was into the river.  In the middle of the river the current is much swifter and moving quite a bit faster than near the edges. So the difference in 8-10 feet makes a huge difference on where the ring would end up on the bottom.

I jumped in with my Garrett AT Pro metal detector in hand and my pro point pin pointer.  Both are water resistant up to about 10 feet.  I start out generally making a primary search of that covers the area most likely to have the lost item.  In this case there were all kinds of obstacles that were going to make things much more challenging. The current, other tubers coming down tied together in a big flotillas. The river is about 3-4 feet deep with a lot of large boulders hidden underwater. These boulders are covered with a slippery surface so walking in the river becomes incredibly challenging. Searching between the scattered rocks and with small debris from years of floaters like, rivets from jeans, bathing suit zippers, pop tops, and parts to glasses scattered about. All these metallic objects set off a metal detector. So I worked the area from a semi standing position, slipping and falling many times trying to locate the ring. My chins and legs where getting banged up by slipping on rocks.  I think I spent 4-5 hours out on site the first day.  The only reason I left that night was it was getting dark and I was the only one left. I decided it was just too dangerous being alone. So I packed it up for the night.

I went back out again the next day changing my approach slightly and brought goggles and a handheld pin pointer but now I switched over to a secondary search. This is a more methodical search of a grid area. You start out with 4×4 blocks and you search it and move over and search the next 4×4 grid. One trick I did was to turn off all other metal from what I was looking for. So knowing I was looking for a Gold ring turned all the other metals off and was running a very tight band. I did this for about 3 hours when my gear started getting waterlogged.  A little water seeps in past some rubber o-rings and causes your equipment to become erratic. I also broke the plastic armrest on the detector fighting the current was putting so much pressure of the armrest. Adapting to the changing environment I spent the next 3 hours diving with goggles searching between rocks a looking in all the places that a ring might get lodged in. I had searched and area about 18’ x 40’ with some very strong current over half the area. Still nothing. I packed it in for the day and would go home and heal my legs and figure a way to modify the equipment to best work for the environment I was searching.  So I dried everything out and went to work on making a new much shorter handle. I also switched to a smaller coil “the end of the detector that picks up the metal signal” The smaller coil allows me to separate out multiple targets that are close together.  With the newly designed detector in hand I went back out for a third time. The detector with the shorter handle worked out OK. I could read the detector while operating it, it could be shortened a little more.

At this point you change again to searching the grid with all discrimination turned off and pick everything within reason. When you get a hit of a target you can read some information on the detector like type of metal, and how deep it is. If it is 4-5 inches down with a hard base you can rule those out. But if it is close to the surface you may have to dig those.  I again worked for about 4+ hours and came up with nothing. This last day of searching was on a Monday morning when fewer people would be out. When I did show up I was met in the parking lot by a guy that had been around while I was searching. Only this time he was is in a wet suit with mask and snorkel. He had been searching for the ring and was telling me that it was not there…

A lot of people were finding out about the lost ring from various sources. This is not a good thing.  You just never know if someone had come out and found the ring on you.  About this time all kinds of questions start entering your head, was the ring really lost in this area? Did someone else find it? How am I missing it? Is it an equipment setup issue.

I heard from the Darrin and we were consulting about maybe having him come out with dive gear and search using scuba. I had also heard that Maria and her father were going to go out and searching for it on Wednesday. So I planned on meeting up with them on site and give this another go with information from the person that lost the ring. When I arrived Maria and her father were on site in the river with wet suits metal detector and snorkel and masks.  I brought out a another ring and had Maria drop the ring in the same location and follow the ring. We did tie it off with some lite fishing line to help follow it to a resting place.

After locating the ring – Now this is where I had the search, so again I methodically started going over the area and picking everything that came up. The more targets that I removed the better it is.  After about an hour and half I was picking up targets that needed to have hand sized rocks moved away to get to those targets. It also had about 3 inches of sand on the bottom. With the water current moving past you could wave your hand over the sand and could get it to wash away.  After clearing an area I would move 3-4 feet and do it again. First wave the detector over the area and find locations of targets then go try and locate each target. The last target I waved my hand and thought I had seen a pop top pull tab circle. Whoa,  it was to shinny for that waved my hand past it again and there was a shinny ring laying on the bottom of the river. Was this a bling ring that had been tossed earlier by Maria and her dad? Was this the ring we were looking for? I popped up and asked her father, he was trying to look at it and tried to take it off my finger still in the river. I clinched down and said not until we get to shore. Maria had meet us at the shore and could not believe what she saw. It was her ring. The ring held a lot of sentimental value being it held her grandmothers diamond that could not be replaced.   She was in shock. What a happy reunion. She gave me a big hug. So thankful.  I didn’t have my camera with because I didn’t want it stolen while I was in the water. So I asked that they send me a couple of photos later, and I would let them enjoy the moment.  Maria was on the phone right away “ I cant believe he found it”  That was music to my ears as I turned and walked back to my car gear in hand. Some finds are very fast, and some take time. This one was one of the most challenging finds I have ever had.

Lost Ring Recovered Minnesota

  • de Chisago City (Minnesota, United States)

Family Vacation Blues – Not with the Ring Finders…

A family vacation in Northern Minnesota certainly could have been dampened when a wedding ring slipped off a finger into a lake.  But with the Help of Ring Finder Paul Nolan this Vacation was Quickly put back into Enjoyment mode once again.  Found in 19 Minutes.

 

Found Ring

Happy Again

Everyone was Happy once again.

Lost Ring Recovered from Forest Lake Minnesota Ballfield.

  • de Chisago City (Minnesota, United States)

Playing with the dog in the snow.

 

It was an early December evening and my client was playing with her dog in the snow on a baseball field when she slipped and fell. When she was wiping herself off she noticed her ring was missing.  She searched with friends for her ring and was unable to locate it.  They looked up Ringfinders.com in the area and came across Paul Nolan and gave him a call and Paul agreed to swing out and help them in there search.  We could not meet on site so I sent them an overhead photo that I had put a labeled grid over the photo and sent it to them. They identified the locations where they where at the time of the loss.  I went out and gave the baseball field a good search where most of the footprints were in the snow and came up empty. That search has around 2 hours. I hate leaving without finding what I went out for, but it was getting cold and late. So over the next couple days I repeated searching and put in another 4 hours or so searching.  I was getting a lot of hits but down 2″ so I was ruling them out but still had to confirm it was not the ring in the snow.  It was taking a lot of time being a ball park with a lot of pull tabs and bottle tops.

I called them and thought we would have to try after the snow had gone in the spring.

On a April 18, 2019 I went into work early and was on my way home earlier then normal so I decided to take a swing by the ball field and give it another look. I could tell by the foot prints in the softer ballfield infield that people had been out and the tracks were in the same areas of the lost ring. I knew no one had found the ring with all the foot prints so I continued my quest.  I spent about an hour and a half in the outfield looking in the grass and also put a grid over the infield. I was feeling like I had covered every inch of the place a couple of times with my cross grid.  I was working my way back to my car and when I was in the first base line I got a quick hit.  I had looked down and about 75% covered in the dirt was a small gold ring. What a feeling.  That’s got to be it.  I made it back to my car and started going through my phone looking for the number of the client. I had photos from when I was first out on site. I gave them a call and talked to her husband  and he said she was on her way home from work. I told him who I was and asked if they had found the ring yet? He confirmed that they had not, but had been out looking for it.  I asked him to identify it again and he gave the description to a tee.  I told him that I had it and if he want to meet me at the park I would get it back to him for a nice spring surprise.  We met and he was elated to have it back. It was a ring that he had given to his wife when they went on their fist vacation together in the Dakotas.  It was not a real big ring, but it had a big place in her heart.  Knowing that you had just made someone’s day never gets old.

 

Attached is the ring after it was removed from the ground and cleaned up a bit.  

Zoomed in

 

So you can see why it was so had to spot.  Congratulations on your ring back. You now have a little more of a story to go with it.

Paul

Lost Diamond Pendant with Sterling necklace recovered from Mother Earth

  • de Chisago City (Minnesota, United States)

Labor Day, Mike was out in the backyard doing a little brush cutting. He and his wife were going to run out and do some shopping. Mike kind of got lost in his yard work when his wife came out to see how long he was going to be. He had just a few more branches to cut from an old Lilac bush. As he cut the branches his wife grabbed the branches and tossed them on a brush pile for him. As they were finishing up they realized that her Diamond necklace was missing. But where? She had put it on an hour or so before she went outside. They scoured the house, garbage, garage, and the backyard, nothing… Frustrated they looked online and found the ring finders and gave me a call. I had been out recovering another ring when they called.  I called them back and made a time to come over.  I stopped by on Saturday afternoon and took a look at the area that was the area in question.  Beautiful backyard with lush green grass backed up to a fairway to a golf course. About 150 – 200 feet diagonal across the backyard to a woodchipped planter that was approx 75′ x 75′ area that towards the back became denser with scrub brush.  This is the area he was working when his wife stopped out to give him a hand.  The grass in the backyard had been cordoned off from the mowers so it was long from missing the last mowing cycle.  So the search was on. I did a primary search on the high probability area – a direct line from the house to the area where the brush cutting was going on. The backyard had several fully mature trees that were about 80 years old. The elevation had not changed much from when the trees began life. This fact came through while checking the area with the metal detector. Hidden targets all over the area to be searched. You could not go 3 feet without having signals going off. This really slowed thing way down. Signal – check depth and 2 inches or less get the pinpointer out and search the grass.  We spent around 3 hours searching with nothing to show for it. We had brought out another necklace and laid it in the grass and it stuck out so well. We could not believe we could not find it.  We decided to call it a night and I would return the next day when we had more direct sunlight to help catch a sparkle.  Sunday at 10:30 I started with a more complete secondary search. First I ran through the complete front yard. Not there. Worked around the side yard to the backyard. I crossed my pattern from the day before moving three to four feet paths from the back of the house to the center of the backyard. back and forth completing the backyard in about 2 hours. I moved to the woodchipped area and methodically went through with a rake and shallow signal -rake to the weed barrier. Again most of the signals were coming below the weed barrier. After an hour I had worked my way to the back of the planter. I was starting to get the feeling that it was not in the yard- I should be able to see it?  As I took a couple steps I caught a sparkle. It had fallen into the crotch of a cut off bush and a small piece of the chain extended just beyond the cut nubs. I could not believe my sore eyes. It’s always the last place you look.  I am so thankful to have found it. I left it in a secure location so the returning homeowner could find where I left it for them. They were so excited and could not believe it was found.  While not being able to see the smiles, I could hear them it in their voices…

Recovered lost diamond pendant.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lost ring in Minneapolis Lake found and returned to owner.

  • de Chisago City (Minnesota, United States)

Enjoying a day at the beach with his son tossing around a football John lost his wedding ring. He had an idea on a location but was not sure exactly when the ring went missing. He gave me a description and the search was on. After about 3 1/2 hours of searching doing a double grid search, the ring was nowhere to be found.  The beach had many people swimming and I could not be sure if someone might have moved it while swimming, or someone found it, or I just missed it.

On a slightly cooler day around 73 degrees, I figured the beach would be less busy and head back out.  I tightened the grid search pattern up and continued for another 3-4 hours. No one else was in the water. The sun was setting and it started to get more difficult to see my signals. I was thinking I may have to go grab my headlight to continue. I was getting a lot of targets that were sounding good but were items small enough to slip out the scoop I was using. This process really slowed down the recovery process.  I was on my last pass and got a signal for 3 junk items close together but got a quick blip of a possible target like a pop-top or ring. When I shook the sand out of the scoop I could see the ring. Found just in the nick of time.  Photo of the lake as I was leaving. The ring was returned to the owner and he was ecstatic.