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Lost class ring returned 25 years later, a continent away

Feb. 28, 2014 at 2:08 PM

MT. JULIET, Tenn., Feb. 28 (UPI) -- A Tennessee man whose class ring was lost 25 years ago in Italy said it turned up in the possession of a Virginia family and returned to him thanks to Facebook.

John Sims, a 1981 graduate of Miami Beach High School in Florida, said he believes he left the ring inside a U.S. Navy-owned baseball glove he used in Naples, Italy, before it was shipped for use in Virginia, the South Florida Sun Sentinel reported Friday.

The ring, which bore his name and his football number, 56, was found by a Virginia family and ended up in a drawer, where it was forgotten for about 20 years. The family rediscovered the ring earlier this week and took to Facebook, where they were able to contact Margie Schulman Alter of Boca Raton, Fla., a 1966 graduate of Miami Beach High School who is active in the alumni community.

Alter was able to spread word of the ring among alumni online until Sims saw a picture of his lost ring on Facebook.

Sims said Alter gave him the contact information for the family and his ring arrived in the mail Thursday.

Sims said he doesn't plan to let the ring leave his finger anytime soon.

"It just became my other wedding ring," he said.

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