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"Treasures of the Heart"
(My 38+ YEARS as a LOST PROPERTY RECOVERY DIVER)
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Beginning in May-June 2020, we will be embarking on Tour, from S.C., to Michigan, Upper New York State, N.H. and Maine, and will then be traveling through Massachusetts, N.J., Long Island, Tennessee, Kentucky, N.C., Georgia, Florida and Alabama, where OVER 70 Clients are anxiously waiting to be reunited with their Lost Property.
Traveling on a "Tour", enables us to be able to "not charge a Client for Mileage to get there", making it even more affordable to recover your Lost Property. (The Mileage Charge is normally $.60 per mile. One way only).
Cerca Trova: Seek and You Shall Find
September 1, 2018. "South Carolina Living Magazine"Article. My Special Thanks to all the people at "South Carolina Living Magazine" for their Professionalism and Quality Journalism, and their help in furthering my Quest to find the Rightful Owners of the Lost UNCLAIMED Property that I've found over the years.
(Of the many Articles that have been published about my Business over the last nearly 4 decades, I've had too many Jobs to list them all. Certified Technician, County Supervisor, Laundry Truck Driver, Waiter at night. "I've worn many Hats". The above Article encompasses a few. Federal Contractor for about 20 years, Subcontractor, before that). Being a Guide wasn't really a "Job". It was just pure fun.
For OVER 38 YEARS, I've offered my Service of "Lost Property Recovery"...Even in Zero Visibility Lakes, Rivers and the Oceans. Keep reading, and find out why.
First, I would like to applaud a relatively new group of people connected to a Website called "Ringfinders". It's a Club basically, of amateur and professional treasure hunter/detectorists, that offer their Skills and Services to help people out.
They have Members in many States that may be able to help. Ringfinders Website is: "ringfinders.com". There is a "Directory" to help you find someone in your area.
A lot of these guys (AND girls!) have been having VERY good success in their Searches. I say: "YAY!" Keep up the good work!
If they have tried, but could not find your Lost Property, please call me. The TECHNIQUES that my Company use, ARE NOT the same as others. Most of them, I either invented or discovered. (I'm working on 3 unsolved ringfinders Cases right now).
When we are underwater, we must, meticulously, electronically scan EVERY single square inch of our Search Area. Miss that one square inch, the Search has a chance to fail.
Our TEAM is hand picked, and TRAINED with the skills necessary to do the job right. My Techniques and Protocol, are the SOLE reason that my Recovery Rate is so high. OVER 90%.
Additionally, and sadly, I have interviewed over 100 people that say exactly the same thing: "Why do you give it back? I'd keep it!" (OVER! 100 people). We have to face the fact that some people just suck, and it is EXTREMELY easy for an unscrupulous person to take advantage of someone and steal your Property.
I will probably say it again, but in ONE 90 DAY PERIOD I PERSONALLY RECOVERED AND RETURNED OVER 70 DIAMONDS to the Rightful Owners (in 8 Rings, some of the bigger ones are pictured below), about $96,000 worth. So, I think I've earned some "Bragging Rights". Or, I'm the luckiest Diver on the Planet.
Below, are some of the items and the stories behind them.
Lost Diamond Ring Found While Searching for Wedding Band. I FREQUENTLY find "other peoples" Lost Property while on Routine Searches for Clients Lost Property. I have no idea who owns these "extra finds", and am seeking the Rightful Owners. This Diamond Ring HAS INITIALS inside the Band. Similar to one found recently, it helps enormously, if it is Engraved inside the Band, and I recommend that if YOUR Ring is not "Engraved"...HAVE IT DONE!...Do NOT wait! While at this particular location, I also found 3 Wedding bands! NONE have Initials. If you, or someone you know, has lost their Ring, Necklace, Medallion, or other Property, please help me return it to them, by having them CONTACT ME DIRECTLY @ 803-242-3571.
Newspaper excerpt: These Rings were lost in Lake Wylie, S.C., while several women were out for "a day on the Lake".
When "Debbie" took off her rings to apply Sun Screen, she placed them on the lid of their Cooler, turned around to put on the Sun Screen, and heard her Mother-in-Law ask.."Does anyone else want a drink while I'm in here?" (the Cooler).
She turned and asked where she'd put her Rings. (Well...the Cooler was on the edge of their Pontoon Boat, and when she opened the lid, she flipped the Rings into the Lake).
Her reply was..."What Rings?"...(She'd opened the Cooler Lid without looking). The Boat was actually "nose in" to the beach of a small island...the water only 4 feet deep. They looked for hours, on several different ocassions, to no avail, and eventually gave up on ever finding them.
Then, over a year later, she came across a Newspaper Article about Land and Sea Recovery Services, contacted the owner of the company (Cory Devereau), and took him to the location of the lost Rings. "Two weeks later she had her Rings back"...(See Charlotte (N.C.) WBTV Channel 3 News Video of Rings being returned).
This beautiful 2.65 Carat Blue Diamond Ring, had been in the family for OVER 50 YEARS, when it was lost, along with 2 OTHER Diamond Rings.
One of the "other" Rings, was the womans Wedding Ring (with approximately 19 diamonds), and her Grandmothers small Diamond Ring. These items were ALL "totally irreplaceable" ("With almost every single Client I've had", adds Devereau,..."the Sentimental Value was what hurt the most").
When interviewed for a Newspaper Article, Devereau stated..."That's the reason I started this business (over 30 years ago)", says Devereau. "You just can't replace the feeling of loss, by buying another Ring, because it isn't the same as the one your loved one first put on your finger".
"What started from "a dream" and "out of curiosity", "turned into a business".... "I found so many Rings"...(HUNDREDS!). "They meant nothing to me, but I couldn't help but imagine how the owners of the Rings felt when they lost them?"
"I gave up wearing Rings after losing about the fourth one"....He adds.."Lost MY Wedding Ring at Stinson Beach, in California. Water there is COLD. Shrinks your fingers. I was a little more than knee deep, and was letting the outgoing wave brush through my hands. Felt it slip right off...and watched it get carried away." The Ring was an Antique, of European design. Even had the Family Hallmarks stamped into the inside of the band." "So, I know quite well "how it feels", he adds "Through the markings ("Hallmarks") on the inside of a Ring, or other piece of this type, you can actually "date" older Jewelry and trace it back to the maker."
"I mean, how do you replace a piece of Jewelry that was made 300 years ago?"
Devereau says: "Call me"!
Lost Wedding Ring Search Yields "Extras". At this location, a total of 18 Cell Phones were found (not all pictured). This Search was performed after 2 Divers, with Metal Detectors, failed to locate a Lost Wedding Band. Passed down from Father to Son, the Ring had enormous sentimental value. After over 15 hours of searching, I found the Ring and returned it, to it's Rightful Owner, Frank Cecere. He had given up, after the Divers searched on multiple occassions, for hours, with no results. Beneath the "House Key" in photo (near the "coins", just below the Key), note the Gold Earring (or Medallion) that was also found. Owner unknown.
More Jewelry found during routine search. The Gold Necklace is actually a 4 Necklace Set with ONE Clasp. It is STILL UNCLAIMED.
This Bracelet was found while searching for a lost Wedding band. Owner Unknown.
Made in Italy, and .985 fine Silver, it is tarnished black from years underwater.
While it can be polished to shine again, I prefer to leave the "Patina" (black tarnish) on most of the Jewelry I find. I think it's a unique and adds character. Plus, it makes them almost a "one of a kind" item.
The Wedding Band was found and returned to Owner.
This, is what I call a "Perk". It's an actual STONE AGE TOOL!
I scooped it up one day at the bottom of a Lake on a Routine Search.
Estimated to be at least 10,000 years old!
This is one item, that I'm not going to have to search for the Original Owner.
It will be donated to the Smithsonian Institute.
A wonderful example of man using early Tools.
My (Maximum) "Recovery Fee", is based on 30% of the "Retail Replacement Value" of your Property...OR LESS!
No one EVER pays more, no matter how long, or difficult the Job is, unless YOU...OFFER me more. As was the Case of a Woman in N.C., who offered a $10,000 Reward, for the return of a VERY small (3/8" tall) Gold Cross, with a "tiny Diamond, and a "tiny" Pearl. It's "TOTAL Retail Value", was "LESS THAN $500 (that's Five "Hundred" Dollars)". THAT'S how much "Value" this tiny piece of Jewelry had to Gail Brady. It was a gift from her Mother, and was simply "Irreplaceble: Many times, my Clients give me "Tips" (Gratuities) and pay me MORE than our "Contracted Recovery Fee"...
"Money", and "Value"...are a matter of "Perspective". You pay...for my Honesty, Integrity...and my "willingness to work in some of the absolute worst conditions on the Planet".
MANY Divers have attempted to enter this Profession. Many, with my help. But, when faced with ZERO Visibility, and sometimes treacherous currents and adverse Dive Conditions (Snapping Turtles, Snakes, Sharks, Alligators, and yes, EVEN Crocodiles) once they actually see what's involved...most change their minds.
Finding DIVERS willing to work in "absolute darkness" has been one of my biggest challenges, for over 35 years. It's EASY when you have light. ANY light. But when you have to work in "absolute BLACKNESS", well, most people decide that this Job is not for them.
And, lights DON'T help. No matter how bright, once the silt on the bottom is stirred up, light can NOT penetrate it.
People tell me all the time what a "Cool" Job I have. What most don't know, is that it kinda sucks. The work conditions in most places are COLD, with ZERO VISIBILITY. And you NEVER know when some "Critter" is gonna grab hold of you, because you can't see, and you can't here them coming!
EVERY FBI Special Agent, Private Detective, AND Law Enforcement Agent I've ever met or worked with, told me that I was too CHEAP. They all say I should "charge more". But, it's not all about money. What's most important, is that YOU are reunited with your Lost Property. There are "Treasures of The Heart" that are simply impossible to replace because of their Sentimental Value. I try to keep it affordable.
Below, a tiny Silver Ring found while searching for a Lost Medallion. Owner Unknown.
Call Cory DIRECT @ (803) 242-3571 or email email@example.com for more info about my "Lost Property Recovery Services"(.org) and "Land and Sea Recovery Services"(.org) Websites...Formerly "Land and Sea Recovery Services.com" DIVERS NEEDED NATIONWIDE...CALL ME! I have Clients ALL OVER THE WORLD, that I cannot offer Service to, because they are too far away. JOIN MY NETWORK...FREE TRAINING!
Note: I am not a Law Enforcement Officer OR a Private Investigator. I deal exclusively with lost or missing property. If you are in need of a Private Investigator, I would be glad to recommend some I've worked with in the past, including a Retired F.B.I. Special Agent.
A "single key", can cost between $350 to (OVER) $800 to replace!...an "Outboard Motor Cover"...$375 (for a 50 h.p. engine), to over $900 (for a 200 h.p.Motor). I think that's why the they say: "When you buy a Boat, you're actually buying a "Hole in the water, that you pour money into". A lost "Outdrive"...can cost over 9 GRAND!
A brief History
"I recovered a Key for a fella that he said would have cost him OVER $800 TO REPLACE"!...Client was with his Family at the edge of the Pond behind their house, and his son (a Toddler) was playing with the Keys and accidently tossed them into the Pond. Took about 3 1/2 hours to find it.
His Cost...FAR LESS THAN 30%, because he only lived about 8 miles from me...(ACTUAL COST...$125) AND WAS REFERRED by a "Previous Client", that lost his College NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RING.
(In "HIS Case"...a Diver looked for the Ring for 3 hours and 40 minutes, gave up...I found it in 40 minutes...BECAUSE MY TECHNIQUES WORK)!
I, for over 25 years, "charged 1/3 (or less)" than the "Retail Replacement Cost" of an item, saving my Clients close to 70% of the costs to replace the lost property." OR MORE! (Cost lowered to 30% OR LESS, in 2016).
However...NOTHING...can replace the "Sentimental Value" attached to these lost items. That's why..."I do what I do"...Plus...I save People a "whole hell of a lot of Money".
I mean...Would you rather pay 100% of the "Cost to Replace" a lost Ring or other piece of Jewelry...or... SAVE AT LEAST 70%!....AND HAVE THE ORIGINAL BACK? (NOT a hard question to answer).
Some of my Cases
"I've "worked" cases ranging from finding a small Silver Ring, won at a Carnival for a man's Daughter in New Hampshire (lost in a Lake for over 7 years)...to Stolen Jewelry worth over $135,000 (tossed in a Lake full of Water Mocassins in S.C.)...to Murder cases".
The Police caught a person who burglarized a Lady's house...(selling some of the Jewelry), and he confessed...and added that he got scared, and tossed a lot (over $135,000 worth) of the Jewelry into a Lake.
The local Police Divers told the woman that they had NO ONE, that would Dive the Lake (a Small Pond), because of the Water Mocassions. Residents there told me: "The Snakes sun themselves daily on peoples Porches, there are so many".
One couple, in Vermont, returned to the location of their lost Diamond Wedding Ring FOR 7 YEARS! Every Summer, they continued their search. DOZENS of people helped them search. They finally gave up.
Then, they read about my Business in a local edition of "Vanguard Magazine", and called me. They told me "It's a waste of time, Cory, but when we read about you, we just HAD to call."...I insisted that they take me to the location, on Lake Champlain, to..."At least let me try."
The Client told me..."I was washing my hair in the Lake, and the Ring slipped off".
I found the Ring (with 7 "Marquis" Diamonds)...IN LESS THAN 20 MINUTES...while they watched! And LUCK had NOTHING to do with it. It is my "interview process" that led to the quick recovery. (No one asked the "right questions" before their search).
For instance...if someone loses a Ring while attempting a "back flip"...the Ring may not be where they entered the water...but rather some distance away, having been "flung" off of their finger during their "flip".
There are some things that no amount of money can replace.
Lake Wylie's treasure hunter
Lake Wylie Diver Salvages Ring, Marriage
By Matt Garfield · The
Published 06/25/07 - 12:00 AM
LAKE WYLIE -- The Lake Wylie Diver saved more than a marriage when he popped up to the surface with gold in his hand.
This time, Cory Devereau needed just 14 minutes to retrieve a wedding ring dropped into the lake by accident the night before. Waiting for him was Marty Lorkowski, the husband responsible for the mishap -- and the guy lucky to have survived it.
"Had he not found that ring, I'm sure I would have killed my husband," joked his wife of six months, Lucinda.
"My life almost ended that day," Marty said.
It's a familiar story for Devereau, the stepson of a U.S. Navy diver who has built something of a cottage industry out of retrieving precious items from the lake bottom.
As Marty partied with friends last Saturday night on a dock, the Diamond Ring slipped off his finger and plopped into the murky waters below. "I was fiddling around," he said.
Lucinda had already gone to sleep on the couple's boat, a 27-foot Sundancer parked in a slip nearby at the Commodore Yacht Club. The Lorkowskis, both 32, live in Monroe, N.C., but spend most summer weekends at the lake.
On this night, Marty stayed up late to enjoy a few more beers.
"They say that he dropped right away to his stomach," said Lucinda. "They thought he was being sick."
Actually, Marty reached in vain for the diamond-studded ring he and his wife custom-made a year ago. Friends brought flashlights and a 20-pound magnet. No luck.
Decades of finds
Marty's smartest move was calling Devereau the next morning.
Over decades of diving from New England throughout the Southeast, Devereau, 55, has found rings worth more than $30,000 (Returned to Owner), "American" Silver Coins dating back more than a century and even an old "1986 BMW 318i" submerged in 26 feet of water, catfish swimming inside (Car was stolen 13 years earlier).
(Devereau states: "My "oldest coin found", was a Greek, "Old Style", "Tetradrachm" symbolizing the Goddess Athena, and was minted for only about 31 years, I believe. But it was back in "454 B.C" THAT IT WAS IN CIRCULATION!! Over 2000 years old. Must have been someones souveneir, because there is no proof that the Ancient Romans traveled to North America).
All he needs is a metal detector and a set of Underwater Headphones that beep when objects are near.
There on the lake floor, 12 feet beneath the dock, Devereau found the ring nestled among a bed of clam shells. He reappeared on the surface to a hero's welcome -- similar to the one he got one month ago when he retrieved ANOTHER Diamond Ring, for ANOTHER Client... ONLY 12 FEET FROM THE SAME SPOT!
The Lorkowskis paid Devereau $100 for his efforts. Said Lucinda: "He was worth every penny."
Devereau adds: "This Ring was among thousands of small, round "Clamshells"...in a "Zero Viz" Lake". ("Zero Visibility). Client saw it enter the water, and knew EXACTLY where he'd lost it. Took 14 minutes to find...because "MY TECHNIQUES WORK".
"Oddly... I'd recovered ANOTHER Diamond Ring (for a Client) 12 FEET from where he'd lost HIS Ring 30 days earlier"!
"They ( both Clients)...saved A LOT of money that day." "I mean THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS...simply by CALLING ME"! They EACH...PAID LESS...THAN 10% of the "Replacement Cost", because the Marina agreed to use "Land and Sea Recovery Services" exclusively for ALL of it's "Diver Needs" (Underwater Boat Inspections, Fouled Propellors, Lost Items).
If you own an APPLE WATCH...REPLACE THE WATCHBAND! NOW!!! It is the worst design ever! (I recommend a "Velcro" Band that "goes through" BOTH Watchband "PINS". If one Pin breaks, you still don't lose the watch).
Cory Bond Devereau
First tried SCUBA Diving in the early 1960's (when he was 11 years old).
Has completed more than 3,000 dives in sites across the United States
In 1979, founded the Saco River Salvage Company in North Conway, NH that developed the reputation of being able to find and recover a wide range of valuables lost in surrounding lakes, rivers and the ocean
Conducted underwater search & recovery work for:
Extensive experience in the use of metal detection equipment both on land and underwater
100's of Valuable Pieces of Jewelry and other Property, Returned to Clients
Certified Technician-Flammable and Explosive Liquids and Gasses.
Heavy and Light Equipment Operator, Trackhoe, Backhoe, Bobcat, Loader, Forklift
Below, are a few of the many articles published about my Company, that date back OVER 38 years.
"Early" Newspaper Article about my Business. July 15, 1983. One of many Published Nationally and Internationally
Are you the owner or manager of a Marina? If so, you probably have a number of Boat Owners that have reported losing items off the edge of the Docks of your Marina. Or are you looking for Divers to perform routine Boat Maintenance? Or do you need work done on your Docks and Piers? Well, the team from Land & Sea Recovery Services can help in all of these cases and more.
In most Cases, we are capable of performing searches for Lost Items at hours that prevent disrupting your customers. We can perform tasks such as:
In-water boat hull cleaning
In-water engine component replacement
Retrieval of items lost from Boats or Docks
Replacement or repair of cables and pipes on Docks
Clear fouled Propellers
Underwater videotape Boat inspections . . . even in zero visibility conditions (using infrared Camera).
Underwater videotape Dock inspections...SEE the condition of your Dock before and after repairs made.
NOTE: We will pay a referral fee for anyone that you refer to Land & Sea Recovery Services and we are able to successfully recover their lost items. Not only will your customers be happy to recover their lost item(s) but you can earn some extra income being a "Field Research Agent" for Land & Sea Recovery Services.
To reach the Land & Sea Recovery Services team leader and discuss your specific needs, call Cory DIRECTLY @ (803) 242-3571, or Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Consultations are free. I may even be able to help you recover your Lost Property by simple phone instructions.
(For which there is ABSOLUTELY NO fee).