Buried on the Beach, Wedding Band Returns to Owner

Oct 04, 2017
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After sunbathers and swimmers have left the beach, it is common to see people scouring the sands with metal detectors. One never knows what items lie beneath the sands, and sometimes, a detector might even scoop up something of value.

Early last month in Beach Haven off Liberty Street, Josh Peck’s device led him to a 14-carat gold wedding band. But even more to his surprise, he was able to quickly return it to its owner.

“I was walking off the beach when a woman asked me if I had found anything, and I told her about the wedding band,” said Peck. “And then she told me that her son-in-law had lost his wedding band on that beach last May.”

Peck said the woman showed it to her daughter, Elise Nelson, who then identified the ring as belonging to her husband.

“And, as it turned out, she was staying at the house located right next to ours,” said Peck’s father-in-law, Gary Fuller. “This was absolutely incredible.”

Peck, who lives in Shippensburg, Pa., said he has used metal detectors on the beach for more than 15 years.

“I’ve found my share of coins,” he said. “One other time I found a ring that had eight diamonds in it.”

Regarding his most recent find, Peck said he feels “totally amazed” by the coincidence.

“The timing was just right,” he said. “If I had gone on the beach another time, I wouldn’t have seen the person who asked me if I found something. Then, that man likely would have never gotten his ring. I’m really happy that I was able to resolve this, but I can’t help thinking ‘what were the chances?’”  —E.E.

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