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Woman reunited with ring lost over 30 years ago in Oklahoma
Sep 08

By DERRICK JAMES
McAlester News-Capital

McALESTER, Okla. (AP) _ A ring that was lost in a local lake more than 30 years ago was recently returned with its owner.

Giovanna Hasty said her sister, Mary Walling, lost her ring while she was swimming in Carlton Lake at Robbers Cave State Park more than three decades ago. But a recent Facebook message led to the safe return of the class ring to its owner.

``I got a private message from Facebook from somebody who said that they had seen a ring posted on there that could have been my sister's,'' Hasty told the McAlester News-Capital.

Walling attended McAlester schools but graduated from Fresno (California) High School.

Hasty then called the woman who had the ring posted and was asked to describe the ring. After describing the ring, the woman _ identified as Linda Watson, of Wilburton _ verified that the ring she had belonged to Walling.

``She said 30 plus years ago, her and her husband was at the lake in Wilburton and for some reason they had to drain the swimming area there and they took their metal detector there and found the ring,'' Hasty said.

Watson kept the ring ever since finding it before deciding to post it on Facebook in an effort to find the owner, Hasty said she was told by the woman.

``I didn't have a clue that my sister lost her ring,'' said Hasty. The woman then asked her sister if she had lost her class ring ``and she said `yeah, 30 plus years ago in the Wilburton lake,''' said Hasty.

Walling had her ring returned to her on Aug. 27 _ which was also her birthday.

``It was pretty exciting,'' Hasty said.

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Information from: McAlester News-Capital, http://www.mcalesternews.com


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