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Lost school ring returned 35 years later

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Have you ever lost something very valuable to you and wished there was someone kind enough to return it when it was found?

That was the situation in 1978 when Chris Mayes lost his Texas Tech University class ring.

“I would come down to San Marcos and go swimming at Five Mile Dam on the Blanco River. I was swimming and I felt that ring fly off my finger," Mayes said.

Thirty years later, Laura Ybarra-Miller and her fiancé took a dip in the same spot.

“I saw something shiny and I kicked this rock around and here came out this huge ring with a blue stone," Ybarra-Miller said.

Laura didn't see the ring as a thing to be kept or sold, but as a memory. In her mind someone's story was incomplete without this memento.

After five years of searching, Laura was able to track Mayes down and return the ring to its original owner.

"I get this phone call two or three weeks ago from a lady," Mayes said. "What a wonderful lady she must be, and I feel like I am proud of this woman and I appreciate her efforts."

Ybarra-Miller said she hopes the two families can remain close and possibly meet up annually.

"I thought we were family or something,” she said. “That ring being in my possession for such a long time gave us a bond or connection."

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