Lost Phone in the sand NJ Tag | The Ring Finders


  • from Seaside Heights (New Jersey, United States)

Recovery #168

Yesterday I was contacted by George and Julia on behalf of their son Gavin. While they were at the beach enjoying themselves the day before Their son Galvin lost his Iphone 13 pro in the sand. They used find my phone to get an approximate location but it was no where to be found. At some point they believed the battery was dead because it was no longer putting out a location. They feared someone may have found it or the beach rake picked it up. I suggested the called the public works dept to see if they had it. They invited them to come down and look through the pile from the beach rake. No luck there. Once they confirmed it was not there they asked me to come out and try a search. I met them at the location and we walked to the area it last pinged using George’s phone. I started doing my search and within 5ft I got a strong signal, But in order to make sure I didn’t damage the phone with my beach scoop, I instead started digging by hand. While Gavin went to grab a plastic beach shovel I kept digging by hand about 8 inches down in an area the tide was washing over and sure enough, It was his phone! Luckily it was not water logged! Another happy ending. They were all so happy I found it!

Gavin’s Phone! Watch here!

Lost wedding rings in Long Branch NJ found by Matt St.Germain

  • from Seaside Heights (New Jersey, United States)


3 Days ago Joana was referred to me by fellow Ring finder Ed Cropski. She reached out to me within a few hours and explained to me that while she was in town visiting family her necklace broke while body surfing with her kids and had lost her late husbands ring and her late mothers ring. She gave me photos of where she was sitting and where she was swimming so my friend Dennis (Another Ring finder member) and I went there that night to conduct a search. After about 3hrs we were unable to find ether of them. I then reached out the next day only to find out we were a little too far over from where we needed to be. So we went again the following night and searched some more and bingo! I found both rings, About 1-2ft apart from each other! They had already sank about 8″ deep!. Joana was so very happy and relieved when i sent her a picture to let her know I had them. Another great ending to the story!

Wedding band lost for 2 months in LBI NJ found by Matt St.Germain

  • from Seaside Heights (New Jersey, United States)


On September 3rd i was contacted by Jennifer. While her and her husband were visiting and spending time at the beach in LBI, Her husband went down to the water to rinse his hands off during high tide and off came his ring. In seconds it was gone! After 2 months and 8 days I was able to find it last night buried about 15 inches in the middle of the slope! They are thrilled to hear after all this time it is on it’s way back to them!


Family Heirlooms lost in tragic house fire Recovered by Matt St.Germain Jersey Shore Lost Ring Finder

  • from Seaside Heights (New Jersey, United States)
Recovery #19 for 2021 and the biggest recovery I have ever been a part of.
Back in May I was contacted by fellow Ring Finder John Favano about assisting with a search for many family heirlooms that were lost during a tragic house fire in NJ. After many months of the homeowners waiting to get approvals and permits to begin work on the homesite we were finally able to access the site and begin searching. Together along with the family and demo crew, We were able to recover quite a few very valuable items over the course of a few days so far and possibly more to come. Despite the tragic loss of their home, The family are all safe and now have some added comfort that their heirlooms are not lost forever…

Wedding ring lost in Toms River NJ Found by Matt St.Germain

  • from Seaside Heights (New Jersey, United States)
Recovery #18 for 2021
A few days ago I was contacted by Nick. While at his Mother in laws house he lost his wedding ring in the front yard a few months back. He showed me the area and within about 5mins of searching I found it! He was surprised I found it so quickly and very happy as well! Another good ending!

Lost ring in Ship Bottom Lbi NJ Found by Matt St.Germain

  • from Seaside Heights (New Jersey, United States)
Recovery #17 for 2021
Yesterday I was contacted by Ken. While at the beach in Ship Bottom Lbi NJ with all of his family members to say their last goodbyes to his late father, Ken was wearing his fathers ring and at some point during their walk on the beach the ring slipped off and disappeared into the sand. I made arrangements with Ken to meet him this morning so he could show me the path he walked. During his walk he stopped at the trash cans to throw out some trash he had picked up that had been left behind from the summer. He also went into the water calf deep to pay tribute to his father. As he walked, I followed behind him with my metal detector searching every inch of sand as I went. Once we got near the garbage cans I heard a nice loud tone on the machine. Bingo! I had the ring safely in my scoop! Ken was very happy and relieved to have his fathers ring back! I am very happy I was able to find it for him!

Lost wedding ring in LBI New Jersey found by Matt St.Germain

  • from Seaside Heights (New Jersey, United States)
Recovery#16 for 2021
On September 15th I received a call from Fred. While in LBI visiting family with his wife, They spent the day at the beach and as Fred was body surfing he saw his ring come off from the force of the wave. Due to storms and dangerous surf conditions for 3-4 days I had to wait until the conditions were safer to do a search. On the 5th day I was able to get out there for the night time low tide and after an hour of searching I had his ring! Him and his wife were very happy that I had found it! Another happy ending!

Lost wedding ring in LBI NJ found by Matt St.Germain

  • from Seaside Heights (New Jersey, United States)
Recovery #15 for 2021
I was contacted by Liz on behalf of her husband Pete. While he was at the beach he took his wedding ring off and placed it on his towel. When it came time to leave he forgot it was on the towel but then remembered the very moment he lifted the towel and shook the sand off it. I met up with him and he showed me where. Within 5 seconds of turning on the machine I found it! He was very happy to have it back! Another happy ending!

Lost cross Atlantic City NJ. September 2021

  • from Seaside Park (New Jersey, United States)

I received a call from Tomas about a cross he lost. He explained it was a huge sentimental item, and it was irreplaceable. We agreed I would head there early the next morning. He gave me all the information, including the marked location on the phone GPS. With  that I figured it would be a simple recovery. Upon arrival i marked the location, and got to work. After no luck, I examined pics he sent with fixed objects on shore. I remarked the spot 35′ away, and within 10 min the cross was in my scoop. 

Lost wedding ring in Lbi NJ found by Matt St.Germain

  • from Seaside Heights (New Jersey, United States)
Recovery #14 for 2021
Today I was contacted by Mike who was referred to me by a few of my followers (Thank you!) . While at the beach in Lbi tossing a football on the slope as the tide was coming in with his left hand he felt his wedding ring fly off. He showed me the area where it happened and I began my search. In about 15mins I had his ring in my scoop! It wound up halfway down the slope about 8 inches deep already! Him and his friends were thrilled that I was able to find it along with the surrounding crowd. Another great day!