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Wisconsin woman's class ring lost in Germany returned 35 years later

May 17 (UPI) -- A Wisconsin woman who lost her high school class ring during a 1986 class trip to Germany was reunited with the lost item 35 years later.

Amy Wildman said she was a sophomore at Wisconsin Heights High School in Mazomanie when she lost her class ring during a 1986 class trip to Germany.

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"I was lifting my glass up to drink and realized that my ring was gone. And then it was complete panic," Wildman told WKOW-TV. "I didn't ever, ever expect to see it again."

Bev Whalen, an employee with the Wisconsin Heights School District, said officials were recently contacted by Daniela Schmidt-Mueller of Munich, Germany.

Schmidt-Mueller said she had found a ring at a train station in 1988, but was unable to make out the inscription on the object. She said her kids recently took a second look at the ring and were able to link it to the school.

"So the first thing we did, is we went to the yearbook of that year to find out who would have graduated in 1988. And that's kind of where we started and we knew that the name was Amy, so those were the two clues we had of the ring, the year and the name," Whalen said.

She said Wildman, whose last name was Ayers before she got married, was originally skipped over in the search because her name was spelled "Amiee" in the school yearbook.

Whalen said one of the other Amys contacted by officials pointed them in Wildman's direction.

"I called up my mom right away and told her that she was not going to believe this in a million years," Wildman said. "And then my family, when we got the ring, we went out to dinner and celebrated."

Wildman said the ring arrived in the mail after four months of postal delays.

A Connecticut man was recently reunited with his own class ring after an even longer period of time. Dan Hoey lost his Xavier High School Class of 1983 ring during a trip to Misquamicut Beach in Rhode Island in 1982.

Hoey was reunited with his ring when Nancy Hedman, who now lives in Tallahassee, Fla., found it in a box in her attic. Hedman had worked as a nurse at the Rhode Island beach, and her medical station was where the lost and found was located.

"The only thing I can think of is someone found it in the water or the sand and brought it to the first aid station. I don't remember seeing it or receiving it, but it ended up in the lost and found stuff," Hedman said.

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