This page will feature photos and stories of recoveries of members that were returned to the original owners.
SPHRG MEMBER FINDS LOST RING
Here's a brief summary of my experience regarding "Lost ring found"... Lisa C. had informed me that her husband was at Hockessin Athletic Club, Hockessin DE throwing the soccer ball to their daughter when his 14 kt gold wedding band flew off. They were not sure if the ring was in the grassy area or if it ended up in the uninviting-wooded area behind where his daughter was standing. Lisa shared with me that the club's maintenance men had searched using their metal detectors with no success. She had gone there a few times searching herself (no metal detector). She & her husband Tommy have been married 16 years. They have 5 children (13 year old; 11 year old triplets; & 9 year old) and buying a new ring is not in the budget. She was very distraught about it being lost. On Saturday, October 4, 2014, I arrived at Hockessin Athletic Club, Hockessin DE about 1:30pm; it was very active with youth soccer games going on with children, teenagers; families, adults watching the soccer games, walking about & running the walkways. Using my Garrett Ace 350 detector and Garrett pinpointer, I started searching around 1:45pm & was about to give up around 3:45pm. Lisa had phoned me about that time to get an update & I was disappointed to tell her I had not found it. After my near 40 mile drive and putting in those hours, I really didn't want to leave there unsuccessful. Nor did I want to go into the briars, poison ivy filled area. I prayed and continued searching the grassy area & found it at 5:15pm! As soon as I found the ring, I made a number of unanswered calls to Lisa, leaving messages on her cell & home phones. Finally got a hold of her around 6:45pm. She was thrilled & immediately came to the parking lot at the athletic club so I could give her the ring. By that time, it was dark. I took a photo of her holding the ring. There wasn't anyone around to take our photo together. ( I asked Lisa to take my photo with the ring but it didn't come out very good.) I had taken an overview photo of the area where the ring was lost. Also took photo when I found the ring. Lisa was very, very happy and relieved that it was found and to have it back. I received a warm, friendly hug and grateful appreciation from her. This was my best hunt / recovery and I thank the Good Lord for helping me to be a blessing to someone!
Area where ring was found
Spot where ring was found
The lost ring -FOUND!
Lisa with the recovered ring
One very happy ring returnee!
SPHRG MEMBER JOE U. SAVES THE DAY
THIS A DAY I’LL NEVER FORGET. I BELONG TO THE SOUTHEASTERN PENNSYLVANIA HISTORICAL RECOVERY GROUP METAL DETECTING CLUB AND WE DO CHARITABLE WORK FOR PEOPLE. THE FOUNDER OF THE CLUB, WOODY CALLED ME AND ASKED IF I WAS NEAR LAKE HARMONY. I TOLD HIM I WAS 5 MINUTES AWAY. HE THEN ASKED ME IF I COULD HELP THIS GUY OUT AND HE GAVE HIS NUMBER AND WITH MY FAITHFULL COMPANION SALLY I CALLED HIM TO MEET HIM TODAY. HE TOLD ME THAT HE WAS PUSHING A BOAT OUT FROM THE DOCK AND HE LOST HIS GOLD BRACELET THAT HIS GRANDFATHER GAVE HIM. HE WAS SO UPSET HE STARTED CRYING AND HIS DAUGHTERS AND WIFE ALSO. NO PRESSURE RIGHT? I TOLD HIM THAT I WOULD GIVE IT A TRY AND DON’T GET YOUR HOPES UP. THE WATER AROUND THE DOCK IS OVER 4FT SO THE BOOTS WERE NO GOOD . WE WALKED AROUND IN OUR SHORTS. ABOUT 1/2 HOUR GOES BY AND I GET A HIT I KNEW THIS WAS IT. I PUT MY FOOT OVER IT AND DENNIS DOVE DOWN AND WENT UNDER MY FOOT AND GRABED A HAND FULL OF MUD AND THE BRACELET WAS IN THERE.
I HAVE NEVER SEEN ANYBODY THIS HAPPY IN A LONG TIME AND HE STARTED CRYING AND HUGGING ME, THANKING ME . I JUST WANTED A PICTURE FOR THE CLUBS WEB PAGE TO POST. HE PULLS OUT A $100 BILL AND TRY'S TO GIVE IT TO ME. I COULDN’T TAKE IT. I JUST WANTED THE PICTURE. IT WAS LIKE A EPISODE OF LASSIE AND I WAS LASSIE AND WE ALL KNOW THAT LASSIE NEVER TOOK ANY MONEY. JOE U.
DENNIS & JOE IN THE WATER
Member Joe U with detector he won at Blackthorne last year
SPHRG Members Recover Gold Crown!
We recently received a request to help find a Gold Crown a lady lost in Western Chester County.
"I am a property owner in western Chester County with an unusual situation. Today My wife lost a gold dental crown in our yard and would like to recover it. If you're interested in helping locate it, we would gladly allow you to scan our property (2/3 acre). Our neighborhood was built in the early 80's but was farmland before the subdivision. Please let me know of your interest."
I forwarded the email request to our members and members Michael B and Brian A responded to the call and here is their return email:
"Hey Woody me and Brian went out to the recovery today! The lady was eating a piece of rice crispy treat and she thought she bit into something hard! So she tossed it into the grass! Some time later she realized her Gold crown was gone! We searched for about 30 to 45 minutes clearing the area of all the normal trash that was there and then success!! The woman was so happy! A reward was offered but turned down by both myself and Brian! Was awesome to be part of a successful recovery!!"
On June 4th I went metal detecting with my brother Jesse to a new location in Springfield, PA along a hiking trail and with my second target of the day I recovered a Sterling Silver ID tag about 5 inches down with the inscription of a name on the face of it "William F. Adolph" along with some numbers. At first I thought it was a medical ID Bracelet. Upon cleaning it I saw it was stamped Sterling Silver and had a dedication inscribed on the back "Love Mother". I did notice the inscriptions were old font so it had some age to it.
I thought it would be fun to locate the owner. While researching the name, I was on the phone with a friend who recognized the name as being a local state representative. Upon researching the state rep. I found he was from Springfield PA. So I decided to contact the state rep. through his website and within 24 hours I received a call from him. Through our phone conversation he thought it may have belonged to his father who had the same name and who also was an avid hiker and runner. So we set up a time to meet at his office where I could return the ID tag.
During our meeting when the state rep examined the ID tag he telephoned his 88 year old father to find out if the bracelet was his. Turns out the ID tag was indeed his, which was a gift from his mother and the numbers inscribed were his military serial number. The bracelet was a WWII era memento that had been lost many years ago and forgotten about until now, and perhaps with a message to a son from a mother who had long since passed. With so much history I was glad to be able to return it to it's owner.
Front of tag
rear of tag
Lisa with State Representative William Adolph JR
Tony J. was contacted by someone in his family who said that someone had lost a Diamond & Platnium ring during a hayride at his familys farm. They had emptied the hay from the wagon into a barn and thirty people had searched for it with no success on that ring but had found another gold ring and two IPhones. His brother in law even used a leaf blower. Tony contacted Woody for help and also brought along his video camera just in case we found the lost ring. After about a half hour of searching Tony got a good signal on his Minelab Excaliber and with the help of his Garrett Pinpointer and Woody recording he found the lost ring. The owner was contacted and the happy reunion of ring and ring loser was completed with Woody recording the happy event. You can see the ring recovery on our group video page in the Treasure Hunters 6 video.
Tony J and very happy returnee!
Diamond & Platnium ring that Tony J recovered
Diamond & Platnium recovered by Tony J
Woody received a call from a Dr Henry who was about to celebrate his 50th wedding anniversary and was out gardening at his home and lost his Gold wedding band. One of our members who lived close to Dr Henry saved the day and kept Dr Henry out of the doghouse just in time for his anniversary party.