Ring Return, by Ken
Chris was out back of his condo walking his Australian Terrier in the snow, going back inside he realized he had lost his wedding ring. He found me on the website and gave me a call. I responded at 8am the next morning, Chris suspected that it came off while he was shaking the snow off a tree, we went back and searched under the tree, then started a circle around the tree. Within 10 minutes we had the ring and Chris was happy. A quick response and a good suspect location paid off.
Cell Phone Found and Returned, by Chris
On a Sunday afternoon in December I decided to detect at a school playground close to home in West Kelowna. I was almost done scanning the area when I got a strong signal and buried in the wood chips was a cell phone with a fancy cover. The battery was dead so I put an ad in the Lost and Found on Castanet. Several days later when I was looking through my desk drawer I came across an old power source for my old cell phone and tried it on the found phone to see if it was compatible – and it was!! After the battery charged I was able to scroll through the address book and e-mails and I was able to locate an alternate phone number and name. I spoke to a man who said it was his wife’s lost phone. They live in Glenmore but by a good stroke of luck he was shopping in West Kelowna and was able to drop by about 10 minutes later. After I verified that the screen saver picture of 2 young children were the same ones on his phone, I knew that I had the right family so I gladly turned over the phone to him.
Ring Lost 15 Years – Found, by Carole
My husband and I were out detecting at a school when I unearthed a large men’s Western Canadian Championship ring (for baseball). Fortunately, the ring was engraved inside with the persons name and within a couple weeks and after a couple phone calls I was able to locate his parents and return the ring to them. They said that Kirk just happened to be coming back to Kelowna within the week – so talk about good timing. After meeting with Kirk, it turns out that the ring had been lost 15 years ago while him and a buddy were throwing around a football. He didn’t have anywhere to put the ring while they were playing so his buddy offered to put it in his pocket. However, when they were done playing his friend realized that the ring had somehow fallen out. The two friends then tried looking for the ring until it got dark. And when they couldn’t find it they decided to come back the next day to look again. However, by then the grass had been cut and the ring was no where to be found. For years, everytime Kirk went past the school he wondered if someone had found his ring. Thinking maybe a young person could have found it and put it into their treasure box. When Kirk found out from his parents that the ring had been found and returned back to them he just couldn’t believe it, since he had just been wondering a couple weeks prior if he was ever going to see his lost ring again. And what was even more coincidental was that he was now going to see his same buddy in about a week and when he called to tell him the ring had been found his friend just couldn’t believe it either. It’s so awesome to reunite a lost item with it’s owner!!
Cellphone Returned, by Maretta
Sometimes it is a challenge to find the owner of a locked cellphone, so I was pleasantly surprised to find name/address on the one laying on the grass in Gyro Park. At 8:00 am I was ringing their doorbell, but no answer. Later, at home, I was able to answer a call on it, and the surprised daughter relayed my info to her Dad. The owners were already hot on my trail, aided by their ‘find my phone’ app! Who knew? They came, were happy to pick up the phone and puppy water bottle, and generously donated a prize for our hunt.
Found & Returned Ring, by Paul
At the beginning of August, Adam went to Sudbury beach in Penticton. He was trying to find an air leak in his inflatable chair just a bit in the water along the shoreline. After a while he noticed his wedding band went missing in the water. Three and a half weeks later I was in the parking lot at Sudbury beach and had noticed a posting of a missing ring that had been lost in the water. So I grabbed my gear and about an hour in of waist deep water I pulled up this really nice looking gold wedding band. I phoned Adam that evening and sure enough it was the missing ring. Adam was so excited to hear about it, he was out of words.
Lost Wedding Band Found And Returned, by Dianne
Fifty Three Year Old Wedding Ring Returned, by Ken
Gail and her husband Trevor just completed the yard cleanup of fall leaves, when they noticed Trevor had lost his wedding ring. They called me and I advised then not to discard the bags of leaves until after my search, experience tells me that that is the prime location for a lost ring. I responded the next day and searched all the yard and quickly scanned the 20 large garbage bags of leaves with no success. I told them I would return and go through each bag separately. I returned 2 days later and started emptying each bag and scanning the contents. Success on the 13th bag I got a strong signal which turned out to be the wedding ring. December would be their 53rd wedding anniversary, they were happy to have the ring back.
Wallet Lost In Snow Was Found And Returned, by Carole
I was out detecting at Shannon Lake Elementary School in West Kelowna and came across a wallet sitting on the grass in the middle of the field. Approximately 1½ weeks earlier there had been a huge dump of snow in the Okanagan that had just recently started to melt a couple days prior. Although most of the snow on the field had now melted, there were still some piles here and there and from the look of the wallet I figured it must have originally been lost when the snow was still deep. Thankfully, in the wallet I found the address of the owner and although she wasn’t home when I dropped it off, I was able to give it to a gentleman at the home who said he knew that she would be so happy to get it back and that he would return it to her for me. And although the gentleman tried to thank me with a really neat Australian $5.00, I just couldn’t take it. Just knowing that someone would be happy to get back their personal item was reward enough.
First Find After November Snowfall, by Ken
After shopping in West Kelowna, Leanne and John parked their vehicle on the street and took their groceries indoors. A short while later John realized he had lost his key set somewhere in the snow. Leanne recruited all the kids in the street to help find the keys, with no luck after two hours, then she called me for assistance and I responded immediately. The snow had been shoveled from the street and their driveway, so I started the search at their vehicle, then worked my way along the snow on the side of the driveway. Success the keys were found four inches deep in the driveway snow.
Wedding Ring Lost Gardening In Kelowna And Returned, by Ken
Ed was renovating his back garden when he noticed his wedding ring was missing, his wife found The Ringfinders website and he called me. I responded the next morning and checked out the worksite, he had removed the old flowerbed and replaced it with landscape cloth covering and bark mulch. My initial suspicion was that it would be in the debris in the back of his pickup, but I started my search at the new garden. That was a good choice as I found his ring under the bark mulch and landscape cloth within five minutes.
Wallet Found And Returned, by Maretta
Yesterday I found a thick wallet containing cards and money belonging to a girl from Quebec. Thinking she might be one of the athletes in town for Multisport, I tried hard to get it back to her before she left town. Finally made contact and returned it. Here is the lovely thank you note she wrote in return.
You found my wallet on the beach on Tuesday and I couldn’t be more grateful for it. I had all my cards in there as well as almost 50$ and everything was still in. As a young traveller, losing it or getting it found by someone not as honest as you would have been really sad and complicated. You made it your mission by calling numbers to try to reach me and even drove by to give it back to me. Thank you so much again for making this world a better and more honest place and for making me believe that there is always more good people than bad people in here!
Keep up all the good things you do!
Found Ring, by Brett
Last week a fellow lost his ring at one of the local beaches. He was swinging his young son around on a boogey board in about 4 feet of water when he suddenly felt his ring slip off his finger and heard a “kerplunk”. He searched for some time with a mask and snorkel and even tried an inexpensive metal detector, wrapping it in plastic and then trying to detect for his ring. All efforts were in vain, as the ring did not appear. I offered to assist him with his search and met him one evening at the location and together we entered the water and he showed me where he believed he lost the ring. I started my grid, and after about 2 hours of searching we did not find his ring. Noticing that he was a bit disappointed, I told him that all is not yet lost, that I would be able to spend some more time searching on the weekend.
On that Saturday, I had some time in the afternoon so I advised the fellow I was resuming my search. I widened my search area and began gridding again and from a different direction. This time, digging a questionable signal that was pretty deep in the mucky sand, I finally found what I believed to be the fellows ring. I continued to grid the area just in case there were other things to find but I had accomplished what I wanted to do. So I called the fellow and advised him that I found his ring and he was very happy and excited that after 3 weeks and believing it was forever lost that it was found. He drove to meet me immediately and pick up his ring. It was a great way to top off my Saturday, helping someone by returning their cherished wedding ring.
Found Ring, by Brett
On Sunday past, after spending the afternoon at Gyro Beach enjoying the weather I decided to return later in the evening as there were quite a few people that were during the day. It was getting dark when a fellow approached asking me if I had found a house key. He said it would be easy to spot as it had an elastic on it. I had not, but I said I would look for it. Shortly afterwards, another young fellow approached me and he too asked if I could help him. I said of course, I’d be happy to help as soon as I was finished with the first request. Well, I did not locate the key and they owners had to leave so I moved on to help the person with the lost ring. He was busy using the flashlight on his phone trying to locate his ring in the sand. He got up from his search and began to tell me his story. He said earlier in the day he was here with friends. Choosing to go into the water he started walking but he decided to remove his ring just in case. He tossed it back to his shoes and instead of landing in the shoe, he said it fell into the sand around them. He thought to himself that he would probably lose the ring but continued to the water. Later on, his premonition proved correct as he could not locate his ring. He explained that it was not a valuable ring as it was only silver and was made from a spoon. It did however have sentimental value to him and he was upset with having lost it. I stepped back a few paces and began my search. It did not take long, as on about the fifth coil swing I got a strong signal and with a swish of my sand scoop I saw the ring. I asked him “is this it”? He was very shocked and pleased that I had located it so quickly and of course very grateful. I later caught something else in my scoop, a key with an elastic band on it.
32 Year Old Engagement Ring & Wedding Ring Found and Returned, by Ken
Leah was enjoying a hot day on the beach in Kelowna B.C., she took off her rings so as not to lose them. Usually she puts them in her wallet for safe keeping, but her wallet was not handy so she put them in the chairs cup holder. At the end of the day her husband picked up the chairs and they went back to the hotel. When washing her hands Leah realized the loss of the rings, they went back to the beach to search for them, to no avail, Leah`s husband said they are gone someone has picked them up. Distraught Leah searched the internet for help, finding my site, she gave me a call, I told he I would meet her at 6am on the beach. I arrived at the beach at 5am to beat the beach grooming machine, I noticed where they had searched on the sand and found the rings easily. When Leah arrived, I told her to give me a hug, then I handed her the rings, needless to say she was delighted, she told me she had not slept all night worrying about the loss. Another happy customer.
Cell Phone Found, by Maretta
I was alone on the beach when I noticed a young fellow with a large backpack, so was a bit wary when he got up and walked toward me, looking serious. Turned out he had lost his cellphone in the sand the night before. I started to search the area he had marked but no luck. As we talked, I widened my search, and finally felt the weight of the phone in my scoop. He thanked me and left, happy and grateful.
Ring Returned, by Ken
Charlie was having a great day on the beach with most of his family. On July 8th in Kelowna the temperature was in the high 30`s so the lake was a good place to cool off. Unfortunately for Charlie his ring came off in the water, the whole family searched for it with no success. Charle`s uncle found me on a website and called me, I responded within the hour and his family were still in the water. Its difficult to pinpoint the location but they were close and within 30 minutes I had the ring in my scoop, much to the delight of all the onlookers. It was hugs and kisses from the family and a big smile from Charlie and his wife.
Fastest Key Fob Return Find Ever, submitted by Paul
A friend of mine called me and said that his friend Stan lost a Key Fob nine days ago. So I gave Stan a call and within an hour I showed up at his home suited up ready to go. Stan first showed me a small area in tall grass and the mosquito’s were starting to bite. No success at that spot, then Stan showed me an area around a picnic table again in some thick broad leaf grass, took one slow swipe with the coil and I thought I saw something shinning. Sure enough the XP Deus was loud and clear. This was the fastest five minutes key fob return find I’ve ever done. Stan was a very happy man and I had ten large mosquito bites by then but it was well worth it!
Hat Trick Three Cell Phones Returned In One Day, submitted by Ken
When the snow is on the ground is the time people lose items. Dawn called me to say she had lost her cell phone in her yard and could not find it with a rented metal detector. I told her I would rent her a detector that I guaranteed would do the job, the cell phone was found quickly with my easy to operate detector. The second call came from Wayne who lost his cell phone while walking the dogs in his Orchard. I arrived and surveyed the area, I asked him where he suspected his loss occurred. he showed me where he walked the dogs and suspected it was along the fence line. After half an hour of searching with many junk targets and irrigation pipes interfering, I scraped the snow and there was his cell phone. The cell phone was his business phone and he had 14 clients emails waiting for him so he was very happy to have it found quickly.
After retrieving 2 cell phones in the morning, I got a call in the afternoon from Timothy`s father telling me his son lost his cell phone at the University condo parking. I told him I would be there in a couple of hours. Timothy was outside waiting for me to show me where he lost his cell phone. he thought it was by the curbside, I located it 8 feet out in the roadway, he was lucky nobody had driven over it.
Cell Phone Lost In Kelowna Snow Returned, submitted by Ken
Over the Christmas Holidays, Dave was enjoying the recent six to eight inches of snow on the hills in Kelowna, with his son. Like most of us Dave took a few spills, only to realize when he arrived home that he had lost his iPhone. he looked up the lost location on icloud and went back to do a search with no luck. Two weeks later he found me on the internet and gave me a call, I responded the next day and we went to the site, the phone was soon located and returned to Dave, another happy customer.
Ring Return, by Brett
It was Sunday afternoon in late August and I received a call from Wayne, who explained that his sister-in-law was visiting for the past week and while at the beach, she lost her wedding ring. They searched frantically for it for several hours but could not locate it. It all started when she put her wedding ring into the little pouch on her Tommy Bahamas beach chair for safety reasons when going out swimming in the lake. Unfortunately, at the end of the day she slung the chair over her shoulder and walked home from the beach. It was not until they arrived home that she discovered that her ring was missing. They were sure it was lost.
They placed a blue-sky ad in Castanet, hoping that should someone find the ring, that it would be returned. The owner was leaving the next morning to travel back home and was very upset at having lost her ring. That’s where I came into the story. I emailed them and offered to assist them in locating the lost ring. When they finally called me on the Sunday, it had already been lost for three days and when I learned it was on a beach….well I was not overly confident it would still be there.
I met Wayne and his wife at the beach (luckily not one of the main beaches) and they took me to the spot where they were sitting. It was sandwiched right between two families! I had to have them make room so I could scan the area. We were very grateful for their co-operation. Unfortunately, the ring did not show up. I could see the disappointment in their faces. I told them I would expand my grid, just in case and backed up about 10 paces or so and started moving towards the likely spot. Within about 3 swings of my AT Gold, up pops a solid 53 (pull tab in the Garrett world) but can also be gold. A quick swish with my new sand scoop and there it was! A beautiful white and yellow 14K gold ring with 3 large channel set diamonds. I now know why the owner was so upset!
At that moment the family members present erupted in joy and made quite a commotion. As they live nearby and frequent the beach often there were quite a few people on hand that knew them. As quick as it happened, there was suddenly a large crowd of people excitedly congratulating them on getting the ring returned and thanking me for doing such a nice thing. They were very impressed at how quickly and easily we were able to find the ring.
It was so much fun, people were taking pictures and hugging and just generally happy. On leaving, I told Wayne that I felt like a celebrity for 5 minutes with all the attention we received.
Heidi went through tears of sorrow, to tears of joy.
Lost Wallet & Cell Phone In Golfing BC Incident, submitted by Ken
Rob was having a great day playing golf at Shannon Lake Golf Course, that was until his golf cart lost control. He was able to jump off before the cart drove into the Lake. Checking his personal effects after the incident he noticed his wallet with his waterproof cell phone were missing. The next day the cart was recovered from the lake, however his wallet which was on the dash of the cart was still missing, he gave me a call for assistance with my underwater detector. I met Rob at the site and in my wet suit I entered the 5/6 feet of water, the lake had a brick retaining wall around it making recovery difficult. I was getting a few signals but could not retrieve them from between the rocks. Rob stripped off and joined me in the water, once I got a signal Rob would dive under and scoop underneath my coil. After a few beer cans and even a large battery, Rob came up with a scream, he had the wallet and cell phone. Thanks to Rob we had a successful day.
Kelowna Lost Ring Found & Returned, submitted by Ken
Karen was playing ball with her granddaughter when she noticed her 14k gold ring was gone. The ring was promised to be given to the granddaughter, she spent one hour on her hands and knees in the grass searching for it, with no luck. She tearfully called me and I responded right away, I told her I would find it, in the grass and knowing the location would make it easy. Within 10 minutes she had the ring back on her finger.
Wedding Ring Found In Okanagan Lake Returned, submitted by Ken
Heidi and her husband from Victoria were spending the Canada Day weekend in Penticton. The weather was hot, and perfect for a swim in Okanagan Lake, which is what Heidi and her family did. Heidi reached out to her son and was filled with terror as she realized her wedding ring, an 18k yellow gold, Marquee diamond ring was missing. The marquee diamond in the centre of the ring was her grandmothers and the smaller diamonds were her mother`s. All the kids on the beach joined in the treasure hunt to no avail. Heidi contacted me on the Saturday evening, so I responded at 5am the next morning, usually there is no wind in the mornings, this day the wind was blowing toward the beach and made it a little difficult, I did not find it that day. I had gone out as far as I could, and also covered the whole beach, with no success. I knew the ring had to be there so I planned to return when the wind died down. I returned on Tuesday morning in my wet suit to complete the deeper water. Once I got a hit I knew it was her ring and success, I had the ring in my scoop. Heidi went through tears of sorrow, to tears of joy.
Lost Wedding Ring Found and Returned, submitted by Ken, June 2016
Sheri and her husband were working on their Low Maintenance, water saving yard. Throwing the large rocks around the area, her husband heard a ping and noticed his 14k white gold wedding band was missing, he stopped work and looked around for it. With no luck Sheri called her friend in Vancouver who gave her my phone number, and said give him a call, he will help you search for it with a metal detector. When she called, I told her that with a construction site, time is of the essence and I would be there the next day. With her husband at work, Sheri showed me the location they were working, and said she suspected that it had fallen down between the large rocks. I knew from past experience that the ping meant the ring had bounced away, so I started the search around the perimeter, Sheri convinced it was in the big rocks continued moving them away. After around 45 minutes of searching and still outside the rock pile I located the ring 30 feet away from the rock pile around the location that they were standing, this location was scheduled to be leveled off with a cat the next day. Sheri was delighted and called me a Superstar.
Lost “Wedding Day” Ring Returned, by Paul
Recently I received permission to hunt a small area that I had been researching for awhile. After the second find I found a silver ring with an amethyst stone just at the base of the grass and thought this must have been lost recently. About 15 minutes later a maintenance lady showed up and just happened to tell me that another lady had lost her ring a couple weeks back while she was getting married and described the exact silver ring I had just found. Talk about being at the right place at the right time. So, I gave my contact information to her so that she could pass it on to the lady who owned the ring.
When I went home I had a phone conversation with the lady who had lost her ring and she told me that one of her bridesmaids had told her the morning of her wedding to not put the actual wedding rings on the pillow that the ring bearer would carry, but to put other rings instead. So she tied a fashion ring and another ring from her Nana (a silver ring with an amethyst stone) to the pillow, however the next morning after the wedding the ring from her Nana was gone.
She was stoked that I had found her ring because she thought she would never see it again.
Lost Ring In Kelowna BC Found and Returned, submitted by Ken
Paul and his girlfriend were walking his dog in a small park. On throwing the ball for the dog the girlfriend heard a metallic ping down the roadway, she asked Paul if he had lost his ring, sure enough it was missing. They searched along the roadway fence in the grass, old leaves and some plants to no avail, they quickly realized it was like a needle in a haystack. Searching the internet he found the OKTH website, the club President sent out a call for help, and I responded the next morning. His girlfriend gave me the best clue on where to search and within 30 minutes I had the ring. I told him he should thank his girlfriend for being so alert.
14K Wedding Ring and Engagement Ring Returned to Kelowna Owner, by Ken
Spring had arrived in Kelowna BC Canada, and Yvette was cleaning out her back yard. She removed a vine that was on a fence between her home and a golf course, Yvette collected a large bin and six garbage bags full of garden waste. Once completed she realized she had lost her 14k Wedding ring and Engagement ring that were joined together, she was devastated and spent the whole day searching for it. Her Mother in Calgary found “The Ringfinders” website and sent me an email, I replied send me Yvette`s address and I will respond within the hour. I searched the whole yard and over the fence on the golf course to no avail, the only place left was the garden waste which Yvette and her husband had searched four times with a metal detector. Undaunted I dumped out all the contents and did a systematic search, at the bottom of the bin was the ring inside a discarded plant. Yvette was delighted, I told her to call her Mother and thank her.
Ring Lost In Kelowna Snow Found And Returned, by Ken
Ubit was heading for the morning bus, on the way he stopped to brush the snow off his clothes. He quickly realized that his ring was lost in the process. No problem he went back home and found a metal detector rental company, after a few hours of searching with no luck, he went around the neighbourhood and posted lots of distress posters. The ring was given to him by his mother, it was of extreme importance, and it had a spiritual meaning to him. He searched the internet, here he found me and contacted me, I told him I would be there the next morning. When I arrived he was not home, but his roommate showed me the location where he lost the ring. When he arrived home 10 minutes later he was surprised to see that I had found the ring.
Rental Car Key Lost In Snow Returned, by Ken
Anastha was involved in a motor vehicle accident, so she was driving a courtesy vehicle. After removing snow from her driveway she realized that she had lost the key for the courtesy vehicle. Unable to find it she called the repair shop who were going to charge her $350 to replace and reprogram the replacement key. She remembered a fellow worker who had lost his wedding ring years earlier, she called him and asked him who assisted him with its recovery, he gave her my phone number. She then called me, and I responded on her day off work. The snow was fairly deep so I did sweep and then removed a layer of snow, on the second sweep I located the key.
Lost Glasses In The Snow Party Returned, by Ken
Christy had a party at her home during a recent snow fall. The party was in her back yard and a few of the partygoers were feeling no pain. One young lady fell in the snow and slid 50 yards down a slope finishing up in a blackberry patch, losing her prescription eyeglasses in the process. Christy found me on a website and requested my help in locating the glasses. I arrived and started my search in the yard, within minutes I found a pair of glasses, are these the ones I asked, the answer was no, they were lost last year. I continued my search all the way down the yard and eventually found the other pair in the blackberry patch.
Lost Vehicle FOB Strands Man In Kelowna, by Ken
A fresh Winter snow fall is a great time to play with your dog, that’s what Chris was doing on the holiday weekend when he lost his vehicle keys and fob. No problem he had a spare key, so off they go shopping. After shopping, on arriving back at the truck he opened the door and the alarm went off, not having the fob, he couldn’t switch it off. After a taxi ride home he pondered his problem, and tried to get an electrical company to assist him, no luck on the weekend. Next he found me on google and sent me an email, I responded the next day and gridded his orchard area until I found the keys and fob. He called me his hero after I drove him to recover his truck.
Lost Ring During Peachland Snow Removal Found And Returned, by Ken
Shawn was visiting his parents in Peachland B.C. for the Christmas holiday. We had a heavy snowfall the next day, so Shawn helped his parents move the snow from the backyard and the driveway. On the way home back to Vancouver driving on the mountain road, he had a panic attack when he realized he had lost his ring. The ring meant a lot to Shawn as it was his wedding ring, and his wife still lives in Thailand. When he arrived home he emailed me with his loss. I responded to his email and told him I would be there the next day. After checking the driveway, I moved out into the roadway and got a signal in the middle of the road. I scraped the snow with my boot and told his parents that I thought I saw a ring, on checking the kicked snow there was his 18k white gold wedding band. Mother was in tears and could not believe it, she immediately phoned her son with the good news. She told me I have the most honourable hobby of anybody.
Family Heirloom Found, by Paul
A friend of mine told me a while back about a ring she lost many years ago – so long ago that she couldn’t even remember how she lost it. But, she thought it must have been 15 years ago. The only thing she knew was she lost it in the front yard of her house near her steps. She said it was her grandfather’s wedding ring and felt really bad about having lost it since it had been passed down to her. So, I had some time and went over to try and see if I could find it. The first target was a pull tab followed by a piece of foil and then on the third target I thought it was going to be another piece of foil, but it turned out to be the ring.
The ring is 14K with an inscription inside and also has a welded small loop so that it could be worn on a chain.
My friend was so thrilled that I found it so quickly and I was so glad to be the one to find it for her.
Found Ring, by Ken
Mark was down on Gyro Beach for the evening with the boys. He dropped his wedding ring in the sand, knew where it was but the whole group after searching around, could not find it. He called me the next day, which was Thanksgiving Day, asking when I would be available to help him in his search. Experience tells me the sooner the better, I told him I will be there in 30 minutes. I got there before he did and could see by the scrape marks where they had been searching, 5 minutes later it was in my pouch. Mark arrived and was delighted to see his diamond wedding band, he tells me I saved his marriage.
Found Ring, by Ken
Kyle was installing fencing at a new home, and just for safety he put his 14k diamond wedding ring in his pocket so as not to lose it. On his way home he went to his pocket to put the ring back on, and it was missing. He gave me a call, I responded within 30 minutes and found the ring 2 inches deep in the dirt by a fencepost. His concern was that it could have been anywhere on site, or even in the concrete around the posts.
Another happy customer.
A Christmas Miracle, by Roger
Some detective work and little bit of luck resulted in a family recovering photos they thought were lost forever. What made this experience truly fulfilling is that these were the only photos the family had of a very memorable event in their life.
On December 21, 2014, I found a camera storage card buried under an inch of grass in an outdoor market area in Osoyoos. It was filthy, but the case was not cracked so I loaded it into my digital camera.
The 1,987 photos on the card spanned the period of February 2010 to June 2012. It documented the birth of twins in February 2011 and their first year of growth. The photos began with vacation shots of the couple, and one showed the front of their car, which had no license plates, and led me to believe (later confirmed) they lived in Alberta. A celebration, then periodic photos of an expanding midriff confirmed the woman was pregnant, and documented the birth of her twins in February 2011. About 1,600 of the photos taken after February followed the growth of the twins, and detailed a medical issue faced by one of the twins. Birthday parties and visits by friends and grandparents were all documented. I thought, “Wouldn’t it be great if I could find the owner of this camera card”.
While reviewing the photos I sometimes felt like a Peeping Tom, but I knew the only way to find the owner would be to find a clue as to their identity or whereabouts.
One picture, taken from the end of a rural driveway, showed part of a distant house. No house number was visible, but I saw a Kootenay-area real estate sign, with a ‘Sold’ banner covering part of it. I made an assumption the people might have purchased the house, so I phoned the real estate agent and sent him a photo of the house and of the couple. He did not know them, but his partner remembered selling the house and put me in touch with the couple.
In subsequent emails I confirmed I had found the true owner of the camera card, and mailed it to them just a few days after Christmas. I was astounded by the surprise and gratitude of the owners. Here are a few of the comments made by the mother in her emails;
“First of all, thank you so much! How amazing of you to go out of your way to try and find me! I lost that card maybe as long as two years ago! I was devastated because most of the pictures of my kids as babies were not backed up. So I thought I had lost a lot of the first year of their lives including their birth!”
“It is truly a Christmas present and a Christmas miracle for me!! A genuine act of kindness, Roger! I’ll never forget it!! Thank you so much! Happy metal detecting!!”
Gratitude such as this drives us to attempt to return items we find, and is one of the reasons we enjoy our hobby.
Wedding Ring Returned, by Jim
I found the white gold wedding ring this morning, that the club was asked to search for. A young woman had lost it in the dry sand on the beach in Osoyoos yesterday. When she phoned, she initially thought she had reached someone from the Osoyoos area, not Penticton. She was very pleased to have it back.
Sons Silver Ring Lost And Found In West Kelowna Backyard, by Ken
Kelly phoned me to say that her son Carson was devastated because he had lost his silver ring in their backyard while playing with the dog. It was lost the evening prior to her call, the family searched the side of the house where it came off during a toy throw. I arrived and expected to find it in the junipers by the side of the house, after one hour I knew it was not there. I asked if I could check out the next door suspecting it may have flown over the fence. No one was home so we went around and sure enough it was lying on the gravel pathway.
Twice Lucky – Wedding Ring Recovered, by Ken
January 2013, Paul called me to assist with his lost wedding ring on his hobby farm, we were successful in recovering the ring. Today November 2014, Paul called me again to say that he had once again lost his wedding ring again while working in the Orchard and his wife was not impressed. He was raking the leaves and driving his tractor with his gloves on, he removed his gloves at four locations when he noticed the ring was missing. I detected the four locations where he thought it would be with no success, I told him I would grid the whole farm until I found it. After a couple of hours the ring was located by an apple tree in the Orchard. Another marriage saved, I told Paul I would book him in for next year.
Lost Ring Located At Cedar Creek Park In Kelowna, by Ken
It was a late summer evening at Cedar Creek Park in Kelowna. Dee and her husband were out walking the dog down by the lake, Dee was engaged with her dog by throwing a ball into the lake, she was shocked when along with the ball into the water went her large silver and turquoise ring. Both she and her husband spent hours searching the knee deep water for the ring, unfortunately the beach was rocky, the lake was wavy, with shadows on the rocks. The ring had fallen between the rocks and was difficult to see, Dee googled for help, and got me. I responded the next day with my metal detector to assist them in their search. I knew the ring would not be hard to find, Dee was sure of the location, she saw it flying, she said it was a girly throw, and it can`t sink into the rocks. After finding foil, bottle caps and pull tabs the ring was located which delighted Dee who called me her hero. She was so enthralled with the metal detecting hobby, that she purchased a metal detector from my company for her husband.
Ring Found & Returned, by Syd
About a week ago I read a message on the St. Andrews by the lake blog that a lady, while playing golf at our course, had lost a very valuable ring. I contacted the lady and we arranged to meet in order to discuss where it had been lost. She had taken the ring from her finger and placed it in her pocket while she played the round of golf. She thought that it had fallen from her pocket somewhere between the 2nd and the 5th hole or possibly at the 9th hole so I left my detector at home and agreed to walk the course with her and note the best places to search. I drew a map of the course and as we walked I marked all the places where she had stopped to play her ball and the path she had followed. I could only search the course for 1 hour each day after closing so I thought it might take a long time to cover all the fairways. The first evening I searched the 2nd fairway and part of the 3rd and marked the place where I had to stop for the evening. The second evening out on the course I started from my mark of the night before, took about four steps with my detector, heard a good repeatable signal and pinpointed the ring. I was back home again in 10 minutes, phoned the lady, who came right over and claimed her ring.
The ring is 14K gold with 7 diamonds. Value to the owner, priceless. I was very lucky to find a ring that was lost “somewhere “ on a golf course. Certainly a first for me.
Lost Engagement Ring Returned, by Ken
The distress call came in at noon, ”I have lost my diamond ring, can you help me “ . My response was, I will be there in 30 minutes. Michelle was on vacation in Kelowna, from the lower mainland. The temperatures in Kelowna have been over the 35 degrees Celsius, so a dip in the lake was in order. Michelle gave her wedding band and engagement ring to her mother for safekeeping. Mother put them on a safety pin, when they arrived at the car only the wedding ring was on the pin. I arrived and they showed me the part of the beach where they were sitting, hoping that the ring would be at that location. Talk about lucky within two minutes the ring was returned to the excited Michelle. My reward was the smile on her face and the sale of 2 Westjet Raffle Tickets.
Bob & Ken, The Dynamic Detecting Duo Strike Again
Ken Dewerson received the following email Friday morning
I was so happy to come across your info online. We live in Kelowna and this past Monday, My Husband and I were playing football in the water at the beach. We were wrapping up the game to go dry off and I said….”okay last throw honey”. He went to catch the ball and his ring went flying off into the water as well. We looked for close to 2 hours. I went and borrowed a mask and snorkel and we did a grid, and had people helping us, but to no avail.
I`m hoping your metal detector can help? We know the exact location it fell. We are only married just over 6 months and I`ve spent the last two days crying. The emotional value, With the engraving is so special and I hate thinking that its gone. We were in shallow water, Up to our knees standing, the ring is dark grey, tungsten carbide ring with the engraving “worth the wait”. Is there any way you can help?
It would mean the WORLD to me!!
Feel free to reply to my email or call me.
Thank you Ken!! I am sure you can help.
However before I got the email I had already retrieved the ring and called her husband, I arranged to meet him on the aturday and return his ring. He wanted to keep it a surprise for his wife. The reason I already had the ring was because my hunting partner Bob Shabatura was on the beach detecting that evening, he took the particulars and called me to use my water machine.