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Item Found: Returned

Location: California

Metal Detector Used: Other (NONE)


August 1st, 2013

White's Electronics

On 4/11, I got wind of a lady who lost her rings not far from where I live. Upon contact with her, I was told that they were lost in front of a very large building that had an ATM Machine in front of it which she had used prior to noticing her rings were not on her finger anymore.

Further discussions bore out that there was no earthly areas close enough around the front of this building whatsoever which would rule out the use of a metal detector. Since this area was only a couple of miles from my house, early the next morning, I threw my detector into my trunk (just in case) and went to this lost site.

It was as I was told - nothing but concrete around this whole area but I gave the area a good visual search anyway. Finding nothing, I notified this lady that I couldn't do anything for her and good luck on her rings being found and returned. Well this lady made contact with me a day later informing me that she also had worked around the front of her house that same day and there just might be a slim chance??

I made arrangements to meet her at her house on 4/16 at high noon (15 miles away). I threw my detector in the car and my wife came along for the ride. Upon ground balancing out my detector, I started sweeping the planted area around the front of her house and while doing so, I asked this lady if she enjoyed the two stories of other ladies wedding rings that I had found in the past and sent copies to her?

Her remarks back were, “Yes” she really enjoyed them and she is praying that her story of her rings would end up the same way that they did. Well within about a minute or two after this conversation, my XLT hit on a target that showed on the screen as well as making a racket that it was most likely a ring that I was picking up?

I bent down, removed some dirt and there glistening in the sunlight were her lost rings. Tears immediately started flowing. Her lower lip started to quiver and a calmness of disbelief came over this lady's face that is hard to describe. It is a radiant glow that I only see under conditions like this or when I surprise little kids dressed up as Santa on Christmas's Eve.

While the tears were still flowing from this lady, I got three big bear hugs right in succession from her expressing her joy.

My wife was watching the events unfold from our car which was parked right across the street. When she saw me stand up, hand something to this lady and then seeing her giving me hugs, tears started to flow from her eyes as well knowing that I had found this women's rings.

AL (CA)
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