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Lost wedding ring in the grass, Manahawkin NJ, recovered by Edward Trapper, NJ Ring Finder

  • from Seaside Park (New Jersey, United States)

I was over on LBI checking out the beach when I received a call from Stephen. He had been doing yard work earlier in the day and noticed his wedding ring was not on his finger when he was wrapping it up for the day. Stephen had stated that between raking leaves, trimming some bushes, and a few other odds and ends around the yard, somehow his wedding ring went missing. I asked him if anything was brought to the recycling center, and his response was no, which was a big relief. I told him I could swing by in about 30 min. which worked perfect for the both of us. Once I arrived we went over in detail exactly what he was doing, and then we narrowed it down to the most likely place his ring could have been lost. After a short discussion, we headed over to the area he had been bagging some leaves, and in the same spot he had been loading brush into cans. I made a half dozen passes with my machine, when I received a really nice signal, and BINGO, there was Stephens wedding ring just a few inches under some yard debris. The look on his face was priceless as I handed his lost ring back.

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Lost Gold Chain and Pendant Mullica Hill NJ Found by Ring Finders South Jersey John Favano

  • from North Wildwood (New Jersey, United States)

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The day prior, Carl had been clearing snow in Mullica Hill, New Jersey, when his treasured diamond and gold chain, with a pendant, vanished into the snowy expanse. The following morning, Carl reached out to me with a phone call. Upon my arrival, I asked for additional details and set out with my metal detector to start the search. Buried under the thick blanket of snow, I detected a signal—it was the missing chain! Shortly after, the pendant was also uncovered.


It was a happy ending on a snow-covered day in Mullica Hill, NJ.


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Sea Isle City NJ Lost Wedding Band Found by Ring Finders South Jersey John Favano

  • from North Wildwood (New Jersey, United States)

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Dev was visiting friends in Sea Isle City, NJ for a few days when he realized his wedding band had gone missing in the sand. He suspected that it might have fallen out of his beach bag. Despite searching extensively, he was unable to locate the ring. Dev decided to reach out to me for help. Promptly responding to his call, I arrived at the scene within 20 minutes. Equipped with my metal detector, I meticulously conducted a grid search pattern. After a short while, the wedding band was in the scoop! Dev was happy to have his custom-made wedding band back on his finger in Sea Isle City,NJ.

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I-Phone lost in the surf, Lavallette NJ, Recovered by Edward Trapper, NJ Ring Finder

  • from Seaside Park (New Jersey, United States)

  Tony was doing some surf fishing in Lavallette NJ early one Saturday morning with his buddies. It was pretty close to high tide when he realized his phone was missing, but he wasn’t quite sure where it could be. He looked everywhere possible when he figured it must have fallen out somewhere in the water while he was fishing. Loosing a phone can be very devastating with all the pictures, videos, and other information that can be stored on them now. Needless to say this was the situation with Tony, especially the pictures and videos of friends and family that can NEVER be replaced. Luckily I was able to locate his phone during the next low tide, about  20′ down the hill, right where the low tide waves were breaking. It was already buried in the sand over 12″, and prob. very close to being lost for ever. Time is so important when recovering lost items in the surf or ocean, that is why you need to call  ASAP when an item is lost.

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Wedding Band Lost While Walking the Dog… FOUND with Metal Detecting Service in Homewood, Alabama!

  • from Huntsville (Alabama, United States)

Christina McCree – Ring Finder/Metal Detectorist for northern Alabama and southern/middle Tennessee…call or text ASAP, anytime 24/7…610-504-6135

On Tuesday evening (December 26th, 2023), I received a text message from Amy stating she had gotten my contact info from LeeAlice (I had just found her husband’s wedding band the prior Friday).  Amy had lost her wedding band and wanted to arrange a phone call to talk about my ring finding service.  I was at dinner, but told her I would call as soon as I was done.

Amy explained that about 4 days prior her hands began swelling, so she took off her engagement ring and wedding band and put them in her pants pocket.  The next morning, Amy took her dog for a walk around her neighborhood in Homewood, Alabama.  During the walk, Amy was talking on her cell phone and reached in her pocket.  She felt the rings in there and took them out.  Amy briefly looked at them and then put them back in her pocket.  When she got back to her house, she went to put the rings on, but the wedding band was gone.  Amy went back out to where she took the rings out of her pocket and tried raking the leaves near the street to find the band, but had no luck.  I had the whole week off from work, so I told Amy that I could be out first thing in the morning for a search.

I made the 1 hour and 45-minute drive to Birmingham and met Amy around 9 AM on Wednesday morning.  I grabbed my detecting gear, and we walked out to the first spot Amy wanted me to search.  There were a few trash pieces among the leaves, but no ring.  We then walked to the next spot, which was an alleyway between the neighborhood streets.  I covered the entire right side of the alley.  This was the side Amy walked her dog on.  There was more trash in this area, but again, no ring.  I then started searching the leaves on the opposite side in case the ring rolled over there.  About half-way down the alley, I spotted Amy’s wedding band laying in plain sight on the asphalt (it had now been there for 6 days)!  I pointed at it with my orange Garrett “Carrot” Pro-Pointer AT.  Amy caught a glimpse and was so happy and relieved to have her ring back!  Amy gave me a big hug and thank you.  She told me that she was actually going to have me head back after I searched the first side.  I always like expanding my search area and make sure I rule out all possibilities.

We took some pictures and headed back to Amy’s house.  We chatted for a few minutes and then I was back on my way to Huntsville.  I thank God for another safe trip to Birmingham and back.  I also thank Him for directing me to Amy’s ring and give Him all the glory!  I wonder what the next adventure will bring…

Platinum Wedding Band Lost a Second Time… FOUND Again by Christina McCree in Hoover, Alabama!

  • from Huntsville (Alabama, United States)

Christina McCree – Ring Finder/Metal Detectorist for northern Alabama and southern/middle Tennessee…call or text ASAP, anytime 24/7…610-504-6135

On Thursday evening (December 21st, 2023), I received a text message from LeeAlice stating her husband, Jamie, had lost his platinum wedding band again and asked if I could help find it again.  I said absolutely!  This was actually my first repeat client.  Jamie had lost his wedding band over a year ago near the water spigot at their old house in Homewood, Alabama.  This time he lost it while laying mulch and bagging leaves at their new house in Hoover, AL.  I scheduled Jamie’s ring search for the following afternoon.  Coincidentally, I was heading to the Birmingham area in the morning for a different ring search, so this worked perfectly!

I met Jamie Friday afternoon after I finished up the first ring search in Irondale, AL.  Unfortunately, that was a no find, but we’re praying that the ring turns up somewhere in their house.  Jamie showed me everything that he was doing a few days prior.  Raking and bagging leaves, and then laying/throwing down mulch in the flower beds.  I felt like the throwing motion would be the most likely cause for his platinum wedding band to slip off, so I decided to start my search there.  I got out my Minelab Equinox 900 and got to work.

I covered the mulch on the right side of the house, but only had two signals from the extension cord power supply for their Christmas lights.  I then moved to the mulch on the left side of the house.  I received a good signal in front of their two cats (Quail and Cotton) that were sitting on the porch.  I took out my Garrett Pro-Pointer AT and scanned for the target.  About 2-3 inches deep in the freshly laid mulch was Jamie’s platinum ring staring back up at me!  I think that Quail and Cotton knew that dad’s ring was there the whole time lol 😊

Both LeeAlice and Jamie were in the house at the time, so I took a picture of Jamie’s ring laying on my hand with the cats in the backdrop.  They both ran out of the house and were so relieved and excited that Jamie’s ring was found, again!  We took some photos, chatted for a bit, and then I was back on the road to Huntsville.  I praise God and thank Him for another successful ring recovery and safe trip to and from Birmingham.

I had another successful search for Amy’s (friend of LeeAlice) lost wedding band the following Wednesday, blog post coming shortly…

Ring lost in the lagoon, Little Egg Harbor NJ, recovered by Edward Trapper, NJ Ring Finder

  • from Seaside Park (New Jersey, United States)

I was at work when I received a call from George inquiring about possibly recovering his family heirloom ring from his lagoon. We went over the details of when and how the ring was lost, and knowing the area quite well, decided it would be best if I swung by prior to committing to do the recovery. A few days later I met George at his house and after going over exactly what he did when the ring flew off into the lagoon, we decided with the 5′ tide swing this had to be done at low tide. The following week worked perfect with our schedules. My first attempt didn’t work out so well, it was blazing hot, the greenhead flies were eating us alive, and the mud on the bottom was black and bottomless. After about 2 hours I threw in the towel but assured him I would be returning for another attempt. I believe at that point George had given up hope of ever seeing his ring again. Over the next week or so our schedules didn’t work with the tide, so he agreed for me to swing by when conditions were right, whether he was home or not. WELL, after some adjustments to my recovery approach, and taking my assistant wife LEE, and good luck charm, the ring was in my scoop within 15 min. I knew this would mean the world to him, so I decided to do a surprise return, and set the whole thing up with his wife and son. I arrived just as they were getting back from fishing, put the ring in my scoop, and headed down the driveway where we met. We all talked a bit, I asked how they did fishing, then told him I did really well, and put my scoop out. He was kinda puzzled, and I said look in the bottom, and when he did, he could not believe his eyes. Then we let him in on the whole plan. I have the video of the return, just need to edit it, stay tuned. That moment right there is what makes doing recoveries so rewarding.

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Lost Wedding Band Found Wilmington DE By John Favano

  • from North Wildwood (New Jersey, United States)

James and Meagan were walking on the bridge at the Riverwalk in Wilmington, DE when his ring slipped off his hand and landed in the marsh. The couple, who was just married three weeks ago, searched for the ring for a few hours with no luck.  . I met the couple at the Riverwalk and found the band four inches deep in the mud after a quick search.


Retirement Ring Lost While Smashing Pumpkins… FOUND in Brentwood, Tennessee!

  • from Huntsville (Alabama, United States)

Christina McCree – Ring Finder/Metal Detectorist for northern Alabama and southern/middle Tennessee…call or text ASAP, anytime 24/7…610-504-6135

On Thursday afternoon, December 7th, 2023, I received a call from Joe stating he had lost his large 14K yellow gold and diamond retirement ring he had custom designed 14 years ago.  The ring has an intricate design of a prized elk Joe had gotten while on a hunting trip in Canada.  The ring is one of a kind and very sentimental.  Joe thought it came off while he was smashing and throwing pumpkins out in his backyard to feed deer.  Joe lives in Brentwood, Tennessee, which is about an hour and a half drive from where I live in Huntsville, Alabama.  I don’t mind driving and actually enjoy making these trips, but the search would have to wait until Saturday since I had to work at my regular day job on Friday.  I told Joe that the ring wouldn’t go anywhere since it was on his private property.

I made the drive to Brentwood, TN early Saturday morning.  We had the threat of severe weather in the afternoon, so I wanted to beat the storms.  Before my trip, I prayed for safe travels, good weather, and a successful ring recovery.  I met Joe and his wife, Lesly, at their home around 8:30 AM.  Joe and I walked out to his backyard.  He showed me how he would smash small to medium sized pumpkins by throwing them very hard at tree roots on the ground to break up the pumpkins, and then throw the pieces in the woods/field for the deer to eat.  He didn’t feel or see the ring come off, but thought this would be the most likely chance when it did.  I had Joe re-enact the throws with the test ring I brought.  Both Joe and I thought the ring came off on the smashing action, so I started in that area.

I had my Minelab Equinox 900 with the 15-inch coil for this search due to the large area to cover.  I started my grid search and was pleasantly surprised at how quiet the ground was (little to no trash).  This would help speed up the search.  Joe hung around for a few minutes to see how it was going, but then headed off to wash his truck.

There were a few good sounding shallow signals that I checked along the way, but no ring so far.  About 20 minutes into the search and I had a loud tone.  I swung my metal detector to the side and saw that beautiful gold rim gleaming back up at me.  It was Joe’s ring!!!  I took off my gloves, powered off my detector and set it on the ground.  I didn’t touch the ring, because I wanted Joe to see how it looked—just slightly covered with a leaf.

I turned around and saw that Joe was busy washing his truck.  Lesly was on the porch watching me.  I gave her a big smile and two thumbs up.  She yelled, “you found it!?”  I said, “got it!”  Joe heard this and just about lost his mind (in a good way lol).  He ran over and gave me the biggest hug, thanked me profusely, and told me he loved me lol!  It’s really hard to put into words the reaction us Ring Finders get when we find and return someone’s very sentimental ring or item.  I can say that it’s one of the best feelings in the world and truly feels like my purpose in life.  I give all glory to God and thank Him for all these amazing adventures I get to go on and the people I get to meet.

Joe and I took some pictures and headed in the house.  I talked with Joe and Lesly for over an hour.  I really enjoyed our conversation and thank them for their hospitality.  We said our goodbyes and I was on my way back to Huntsville.  Looking forward to the next adventure…

Lost necklace in the lagoon, Lavallette NJ, Recovered by Edward Trapper, NJ Ring Finder

  • from Seaside Park (New Jersey, United States)

I received a call from AnnMarie about some items that were accidentally dumped into her lagoon. She had seen one of my stories about a water recovery, and figured it was worth giving me a call. She explained what had happened. Over 2 months prior her daughter was at the beach, and had placed her jewelry in her beach bag for safe keeping while she went into the water. At the end of the day, she placed her beach items in the back yard by the deck, and went inside the house. AnnMarie figured she would help and accidentally dumped her necklaces into the lagoon while dumping the sand out of the beach bag. At that point she figured they were gone, until she saw my post detailing a very similar recovery. I knew they were right up against the bulkhead after she explained in detail exactly what she had done. We basically decided to do the recovery but didn’t decide when, as I am in her area quite often. Ann sent me the address an told me it would be fine to go, even though they would not be home. I had some time a few days later, and swung by to look. Conditions were perfect, and about 35 min into the search I had both necklaces. She had no idea that I had gone and I decided to snap a few pics and shoot them over to her. AnnMarie was shocked to say the least, we made arrangements to mail them back to her, and in just a few days they were back for safe keeping. Thank you again, so glad I was able to help.

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