PORTLAND, OR (WCMH) — A retired military veteran has found a new mission in life: reuniting people with lost wedding rings.
Armed simply with a metal detector, Del Witters is part of a global network of metal detecting specialists called The Ring finders.
“I became a member back in 2014 and I love it,” he said. “I’m just kind of a dogged kind of person. I don’t want to leave without finding it.”
Witters is on a mission to find a wedding ring belonging to Tom Humphrey.
“About a week ago, I was doing work in a wood pile and a couple days later, I realized I didn’t have my wedding ring,” Humphrey said.
Humphrey had heard about Witters from a friend and asked him for help. Witters has helped people recover their lost rings all over the Pacific Northwest.
“I mean all of them stick with me,” Witters said. “I could tell you the stories.”
One particularly memorable story is when Daniel Rosas lost the ring his wife Raquel handmade for him in the Columbia River on Caterpillar Island.
“I honestly feel like we put him through a little bit of hell that day,” Raquel Benito said. “We had to inflate an inflatable raft and rowed him over to the island, carrying all this expensive equipment on the boat.”
Daniel and Raquel thought the ring was long gone. But Witters delivered.
“When I held it up, they just went crazy,” Witters said.
Humphrey has confidence that this kind of success is what will help Witters find his ring.
“I figured if he could pull a ring out of the ocean, then he could maybe pull it out of my pile of wood chips,” Humphrey said.
Like magic, Witters found the missing ring.
“Does it look like this?” he asked Humphrey as he held up a dirt-covered ring.