From Sally – The best man at my wedding is the area Maytag Repair Man. Yes, they really exist and the area they work is huge, laundry mats being the most needy. He share that the sock actually sticks to the top of the washer drum area so if you have the courage to feel along that area with your hand, you might very well find the prize. For front loading washers, the socks get into the rubber ring and again you have to feel around it.
I don’t know how many people are going to end up in therapy but the dryer eating your socks is mostly a myth. The washer is the bad guy.