I received a text from Rebekah Saturday evening after losing her engagement ring in waist deep water in Lake Michigan at Holland State Park. She and Mike had only been engaged 3 weeks and was desperate for help to retrieve it. I was able to meet them at the park the following day but when I got close to the park the traffic backup to get in was a half mile long. Hoping I wouldn’t have to park outside the park and hike in with my detecting gear I was let into the park after about a 20 minute wait. Rebekah had a pretty good idea where the ring had slipped off so I began a methodical search. Normally, it would take 30-40 minutes to find a target given they knew approximately where they ring was lost. This search, however, turned out to be the longest search I’ve ever done. After 2 hours, Mike and Rebekah had to leave and I said I’d stay another hour, if I hadn’t found it by then I’d return the following weekend and try again. An hour later, just as I was about to give up, I got a solid signal and saw her beautiful white gold and sapphire ring in my scoop.
I received a call from Krati concerning some friends who were visiting from the Livonia area that were in desperate need of my help. Alex & Ankita had only been married a week when Alex felt his wedding band, passed down from his grandfather, slip off his finger while in the water at Silver Lake in St. Joseph. It was lost the night before around 9:00pm and they searched frantically for it until sunset to no avail. After an hour and 20 minute drive the next day, I arrived at the beach just before 2:00. It was extremely helpful that they knew the approximate spot to begin my search. After some direction on which way to go, north or south, and sweeping my detector for just 5 minutes or so, my very first signal was Alex’s ring. The accompanying photograph says it all.
After completing a successful Ring Finder search for a client in Royal Oak, I was doing a little searching on my own at Grand Haven State Park. I was approached by fellow West MI Ring Finder, Gregg Larabel. A woman had stopped him on the beach and said she had lost a ring while walking along the shoreline between the pavilion and the pier. He told her he’d look and that if he found it she could contact him through The Ring Finders website and he would get it back to her. I was more than halfway to the pier at that point so I started searching the shoreline going north while he looked to the south. About 15 minutes later I found it just a few feet from shore. Not knowing if Greg was still on the beach, I texted him a picture of the ring and dropped it off to him the next morning to deliver to Michelle.
I received a call Thursday from Joe who had lost his wedding ring the day before in Lake Michigan at Grand Haven State Park. He said he was from the east side of the state and they were about to leave for home. They had been in Grand Haven celebrating their 3rd wedding anniversary where they had been married on the beach in 2016. I asked him to photograph the beach with landmarks (benches, buoys, etc.) to give me a general idea of where to start looking (it’s a REALLY long beach). After searching for over 2 hours the next morning, I called Joe to get clarification on the search area. He said the ring had slipped off about 10’-20’ from the buoy, so I tried again. After about 10 minutes I saw gold in my scoop! I texted him a picture of the ring. He was so happy. I mailed his ring to him and asked him to take a picture of him with it for my Book of Smiles.
I got an unusual call from SB Swae in Grand Haven to locate a ruby bead from a necklace that had broken while he was felling a tree next to Tech Audio, his uncle’s business. He said the necklace contained several pure silver beads that had fallen off the strand along with the ruby bead and, if I found the silver beads, the hope was I might find the ruby bead also. We both knew it was a long shot but it was worth a try. In the event I found the silver beads but not the ruby before it got dark, I stopped at Home Depot to purchase a UV flashlight knowing that rubies glow under UV light. When I arrived, Swae had staked off a 25 sq/ft area where the necklace had fallen off, believing the beads would be in that general area. While I searched he told me the story behind the necklace. Swae had purchased the necklace in India and had it blessed by the Dalai Lama. It only took about 10 minutes to locate where the silver beads had fallen. At that point, we got down on our hands and knees with a pin-pointer and carefully sifted through the brush and were able to find all but 4 of the 35 lost beads, including the ruby!
I received a call from Angela on Thursday, Aug 23rd. Her husband, Hector, had lost his wedding ring in Lake Michigan at Port Sheldon Pier 4 days before. When my wife heard where this search was to take place she insisted on tagging along. Because the search area was within a gated community, Angela met us at a nearby park and escorted us into the lakeside community my wife’s grandparent’s lived in when she was growing up; she was SO excited just to be where she’d spent so many summers when she was little. The search, however, would have to wait for a few more days; the waves were 5′-7′ high and it wasn’t going to get any better until the weekend. I went back Sunday after church and started my search a little after noon. It was REALLY foggy and I couldn’t see more than about 50 yards in any direction but the water was nice and calm and I was the only one on the beach. It only took about 30 minutes to find Hector’s ring right where he said it had fallen off (about 30 yards off shore and about 30 yards from the pier). It never ceases to amaze me how gold rings tend to stay right where they’re dropped even after 4 days of high winds and waves. Angela had worked worked 3rd shift the night before and slept thru her alarm so it was about an hour before she and Hector arrived after I had texted her that his ring was safe and sound in my pouch :o)
I received a panicked text from Mo on July 7th saying he’d just lost his wedding ring on South Haven Beach and was in need of help finding it. I assured him that I could help but it would take me about 2 hours to get there. He and his wife Megan agreed to wait for my arrival and help me narrow down the search area. It was a bright, beautiful day on Lake Michigan and just finding a parking space was hard. I had never searched this beach before and it was really crowded. Doing a grid search in the water with lots of people around is tricky but after about 40 minutes I saw silver in my scoop! It was my first recovery with my new Xtreme Scoop and they were elated. The smiles on their faces is what it’s about :o)
I received an email from Samantha stating that, the day after they were married, she and her husband Brian went to Muskegon State Park where he lost his new wedding ring. She spent most of that day looking for it on the beach with a borrowed metal detector with no luck and that it may have been lost in the water. She had pretty much lost hope of finding it, but if I’d like to try looking she would meet me at the State Park the next day.
After giving me an idea of the approximate location the ring may have fallen off, I set out to do a grid search in Lake Michigan. It took close to an hour but in about waist deep water I finally saw gold in my scoop! What a beautiful ring. Another happy ending and another picture for my Book of Smiles 🙂
I knew it was only a matter of time before I got a call to locate something lost in the snow. That call came on Super Bowl Sunday. April T called and said she had brushed snow off her car with her arm and as she shook the snow off her wedding ring went flying. Her husband, Jacob, said he had moved the car and borrowed a metal detector to try and find it himself with no luck. He even shoveled some of the snow from around the car and let it melt in the bathtub in an attempt to locate the ring. I wasn’t able to make the one hour drive north to Shelby until almost 4:30 that afternoon, leaving only about a half hour of sunlight when I got there to detect for her ring. The roads were really bad as 6-8″ of snow had fallen in the previous 24 hours. I knew if I didn’t get up there that day I wouldn’t be able to until the following weekend or hand off the task to my fellow Ring Finder, Gregg.
Their home was almost a mile down an unplowed dirt road that was almost impassable. My car has AWD but I was REALLY nervous I was gonna get stuck and need to be towed out. I had driven too far at that point to turn around so I plowed through to their home. I did get stuck at the end of their driveway as Jacob was afraid to plow it for fear of losing the ring forever. I waisted no time (or sunlight) getting to work looking for April’s ring. With Jacob’s help, it took about 30 minutes, but we finally found it about 12′ from where they thought she lost it. The smiles on their faces were well worth the trip.
Thursday afternoon I received an email from Ana in St. Joseph. On the 4th of July, Ana was playing in the water at Silver Beach and noticed her engagement ring was gone. She and her fiance’ were about to insure the ring but lost it before they had the chance. After contacting me and Fred Johnson, the Ring Finder for the Kalamazoo, Battle Creek and Hastings areas, we agreed to meet her near the beach that evening. There was severe weather forecast for that evening and we were hoping to find it before the weather turned on us. I met Fred and Ana near the beach but we were unable to find a place to park anywhere near Silver Beach. Fred and I had to park a 1/2 mile from the beach and then walk an additional 1/2 mile south to the spot where Ana had lost the ring. Ana had also borrowed a Garrett AT Pro metal detector to help with the search. After a quick tutorial on how to operate the AT Pro, Ana started detecting near the shoreline while Fred and I started a grid search, Fred working to the south while I worked a grid to the north. After 15 or 20 minutes, in waist deep water, I saw gold and diamonds in my scoop! Ana was so surprised and happy she started to cry. Even the the onlookers on shore cheered. What a beautiful ring and a very happy bride-to-be.