Ralph Guiles of Muskegon Heights has been holding onto a high school class ring he found along Lake Michigan for nearly 25 years. Now he wants to find the owner so she will have it in time for her 30th high school reunion.
MUSKEGON, Mich. (WZZM) - A Muskegon man's nearly 25 year search for the rightful owner of a class ring has come to an end. He found the ring on a local beach but was never able to find the person it belonged to, until getting help from 13 On Your Side.
Two complete strangers, Barbara Reames and Ralph Guiles, only live miles away but have been separated by decades.
"I've been here the whole time, thank you, thank you so much," Reames says to Guiles.
They've been united by one piece of jewelry, a class ring from 1983, which Guiles says he found along White Lake beach.
"You don't know how many people I had talked to about it in the last 25 years," says Guiles.
"The next day and the next two weeks after that I searched for the ring on that beach and could not find it," says Reames.
Reames came forward to claim the ring, after seeing a 13 On Your Side story about it Wednesday night.
"It's in perfect condition," says Reames. "When you (Guiles) were giving out this information I had a knot in my throat, and I was like that's me that's mine," says Reames.
It's possible their paths even crossed recently, at a local restaurant.
"I was probably in there a couple months ago," Guiles said to Reames. "Oh no I probably waited on you, maybe," Reames responded.
However, both people say they'll never be strangers again.
"I think I met a new friend, Ralph," Reames says to Guiles.
Reames says the ring originally cost her $200. It also just so happens, this year is her 30th class reunion.