Mystery ring: Is this your family heirloom?

Published: Dec. 4, 2013 at 9:49 PM EST|Updated: Jan. 18, 2014 at 9:58 PM EST
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David Strange
David Strange

SHEPHERDSVILLE, KY (WAVE) - A mystery is floating around Bullitt County that someone out there might have the key to solving. It involves a family heirloom from a time long past that some Kentuckiana residents would really like to see back in the hands of the rightful owners.

Seconds fade into minutes and before you know it years have marched by. David Strange knows though, there are things that anchor us to our past

"It connects people and I like doing that," Strange, the executive director of the Bullitt County History Museum, said.

From time to time, Strange takes pieces of the past and reconnects them to people who may have misplaced them.

"We solved a mystery of a photo album a couple of weeks ago that we're all just cheering about that had been lost in the family almost 60 years," Strange said. "She was sitting at this table crying when I returned it to her.

Now, they have an even tougher mystery to crack - some sort of class ring, long separated from the hand that once wore it.

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Tim Warner's nephew found it coming out of Mt. Washington Middle School in the early 1990s.

"When he was coming out of school one day, he just happened to see where they were doing some site work and saw the ring laying there and picked it up," Warner said.

Since he's had it, he has tried to reunite it with its owner.

"I went to the library and went through old school books, annuals, anything I could find trying to match up the initials in it," Warner said.

A few weeks ago, he brought it to Strange and the Bullitt County History Museum.

Since then, Strange has scoured the ring for clues about who may have once owned it

"JLS is the initials in there," Strange said. "1930 is clear on it. We believe there's a "C" in the middle of it. The scales and lamp could be even a teacher, might be a teacher, rather than just a high school, might be a college ring so we're pursuing that right now."

The key, he believes will be which school handed it out.

"My own intuition is saying that it's a college ring so maybe it could have been a school teacher out there that lost it," Strange said.

He's posted the ring on Facebook, looking for suggestions on where it came from.

"The last time I looked, it had been shared by like 75 other sites so we might not know, but somebody will," Strange said.

While he realizes a lot of time has passed since the ring was new, he believes there's a family out there that would like to have it back.

"1930s makes it tough but I'm confident we'll find something," Strange said.

More than 83 years have passed since the ring was handed out, making it likely whoever once wore it has long since passed away. That may make it even more important for the family of the original owner.

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