Lost Item Recovery

I help people find lost items of many kinds!

Around age 10 I started as a hobbyist, and I now have many years of experience using my metal detector in different types of terrain. I have recovered lost items in Chicago, Miami, and San Francisco.

smiling client after I located her missing sapphire earring with my metal detector.

This is a happy client after I located her missing sapphire earring.

If you’re in the San Francisco bay area, I can probably help you pretty quickly! Reach out below and let me know where and when you lost the item and I’ll see if I can help.

How does it work?

We start with a conversation. I will ask you to recreate the scene and provide details about how you lost the item. I’ll want to know when you noticed it was missing, and about where you think it could be. The narrower we can get the search area, the more likely it will be to find!

A metal detector transmits an electromagnetic field from the round or oval-shaped coil into the ground. Any metal objects (we call them targets) within the field retransmit an electromagnetic field of their own. The detector’s coil receives the retransmitted field and alerts the detectorist by producing a response like a sound and/or information on a screen. The more I know about your item – metal composition, size, shape – the easier I can narrow my search to your lost item.

What is RingFinders?

RingFinders is an international directory of metal detectorists (like me)! The goal of the RingFinders service is to “help people find their lost jewelry at beaches, parks, lakes and yards all around the world.” It doesn’t have to be a ring, but when you really need to find it, there are independent metal detectorists like me that can help you.

See my RingFinders profile

Ask for my help!

If you’re currently in the location where you lost your item – stay there if you can! Call me at (415) 968-9752‬ and I’ll see if I can come help right away. Then fill out the form below as a record of your item.

If you lost your item some time ago, we will schedule a time to attempt recovery. Fill out the form below as a record of your item.

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Because time is of the essence, I will reach out by phone first, then by email.
Tell me some details about the item you lost like: size, shape, metal type, and any other distinguishing features.
An exact date or approximate date is fine.
Provide a brief description of the area where the item was lost. Is it private property, public area, etc.
This is a record of the Search Contract created by Laura Peters ("The Finder") and "The Customer". By submitting this form I agree that: I, The Customer, am under no obligation to provide a reward and doing so is at my discretion for my lost item if found. I will not hold The Finder responsible if there have been damages to my lost item that may have occurred prior to or during the search. I, The Customer, will accept the condition of the found item(s) of which I have lost. Any other items found not matching the description above will be kept by The Finder. I also agree to the use of any picture or video to help promote The Finder for their Ring Finders Book of Smiles, on The Finder's personal website, blog, or social media and for any newspaper articles or TV news stories. I acknowledge that I have read this agreement, understand it and agree to be bound by these terms and conditions.
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