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Item Found: Returned

Location: Southeast

Metal Detector Used: Spectra Series (800-0319-HP)

January 1st, 2014

Back in 1991 my friend Roy and I were going to hunt a yard down by Pana, a town about 30 miles south. We found an old class ring and a 1928s half-dollar. At the time there was no way to figure out who's ring it was because the high school that it was from had closed several years before. After 22 years I decided to buy a new metal detector, which prompted me to look through my old finds. Seeing the ring again I decided to try to find out who the ring belonged to. My wife was able to find a yearbook for the high school on Classmates.com and identified the name of the gir, but she found no one by that name in the local area. She had of course changed her name through marriage. At about the same time a local newspaper writer contacted me about doing an article on treasure hunting. During the interview I told him the story of the class ring and how we would like to return the ring to the rightful owner. He included the story of the class ring in his article. My wife placed the link to the article on her facebook page and her cousin, who lives in the area that the ring came from, re-posted the article. One of her cousin's facebook friends knew the owner of the ring and was able to put her cousin in contact with her. That night we received a call from the ring owner and she was thrilled to find out that her ring had been found. We planned to return it to her the following weekend, but in the meantime I was asked by the local television station to do an interview with them. They asked if the owner of the ring had been found and when they found out that she had they asked me to return it during the interview. The ring owner agreed and came to our house for the interview. She said that she had only had the ring for two weeks when she gave it to her boyfriend and he lost the ring. She had been in trouble with her mother ever since. I felt good returning the ring; it felt like I was doing someone a service. If I find anything else that I can return I will certainly do so. The TV interview can be found at this link: http://youtu.be/C_KEHbqgZ4k or search You Tube for "Modern day treasure hunter reunites ring with owner."

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