« Back to Finds Posted October 1st, 2011 by Darryl

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Item Found: Returned

Location: California

Metal Detector Used: Spectra Series (800-0284)


October 1st, 2011

White's Electronics,

Very early on the morning of June 29th, I received a call from Kaye Milburn, a CPA and Senior Internal Auditor for Sure-West Communication. On the previous Saturday she had been practicing her golf swing at the Timber Creek Golf Course driving range in Roseville, California, when she lost her diamond studded platinum wedding ring. She related that she had taken the ring off when she sat down to rest, and forgot to put it back on. By the time she realized she had lost it, it was too late. Although she and her husband went back to the driving range and searched the area, they were unable to find it.

Kaye searched the Sacramento area Craigslist to see if someone had found the ring and came upon my RingFinders advertisement. She gave me a call to see if I could help. I immediately said yes and agreed to meet her at the driving range at 10:00 am. Kay, her husband and I surveyed the area, and I returned to my car to put my favorite 10 inch Eclipse DD elliptical coil on my White’s V3i detector. I then began to methodically search the area where she believed she had lost her precious ring. Luckily, a short time after I began my search, a golf course attendant came by and offered to check the schedule to see exactly where Kaye had been practicing on the previous Saturday. This helped to narrow the search area a great deal.

After about 45 minutes of searching, and no real targets of interest, my detector screen sang out with a wonderful solid repeating tone. I checked my screen; saw a VDI number of 17, and 3 green bars lined up in a row. I thought to myself, “I have hit pay dirt” but I did not want to act too excited. I pinpointed the area with my detector, kneeled down and began to narrow the search area with my electronic Garret Pro Pointer (courtesy of The Ringfinders). When the Pro Pointer signal became the strongest, I used my fingers to gently spread the grass apart. Suddenly, I saw a sparkle and knew I had found her beautiful platinum wedding ring. I lifted the ring from the grass and held it up for Kaye to see. When she saw the ring, she became so elated that she ran over and gave me a big hug. It was a successful hunt and both she and her husband were relieved that the lost treasure had been found. They were thrilled and so was I.

Darryl (CA)

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