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Class ring found on Maine beach was missing since 1984

June 22 (UPI) -- A man using his metal detector on a Maine beach found a high school class ring that was lost in the same location in 1984.

Frederick Thibodeau, 77, said he has been metal detecting on Maine beaches for 44 years, and on a recent expedition to Old Orchard Beach he unearthed a class of 1984 ring from Massachusetts' Medford High School.

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"I went right home, cleaned it up so I could read the inscription and the next morning I called the high school in Medford and they said they'd get in touch with the alumni and see if he's still in the area and we'd go from there," Thibodeau told WGME-TV.

The Medford High School Alumni Association identified the likely owner as 1984 graduate Jonathan Noel, and the group posted on Facebook in hopes of getting in touch with the former student.

The search eventually came to the attention of Noel, who said the ring had been lost about a month after he got it in 1984. Noel said his girlfriend had been wearing the ring on a chain around her neck and it came off at some point during their beach visit.

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Thibodeau said he and Noel are currently working on plans to get the ring back to its owner.

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