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Found in Plaistow: Search is on for owner of wedding ring from Valentine's Day 30 years ago

Union Leader Correspondent

February 16. 2017 2:02AM
Police in Plaistow are trying to find the owner of this ring found outside AutoZone. (PLAISTOW POLICE DEPARTMENT)

PLAISTOW — As sweethearts were celebrating Valentine’s Day this week, a search was underway to track down the owner of a men’s gold ring that was found outside a local store with the date 2/14/87 engraved on the inside.

No one seems to know how the ring ended up in the parking lot of AutoZone on Route 125, but many would like to know, especially since it appears to have been lost just before the owner’s 30th wedding anniversary.

“We’re assuming that it is innocently misplaced and not stolen and discarded,” Plaistow police Capt. Brett Morgan said.

The diamond-studded ring was found by a woman on Monday outside AutoZone and was turned in to the store, Morgan said.

Efforts were made to find the owner through posts on social media, but when no one came forward to claim it, the ring was handed over to police Wednesday morning.

Morgan said there are initials engraved on the ring in addition to the date of 2/14/87. Police are not releasing the initials publicly. If the owner comes forward, Morgan said the person will have to be able to confirm ownership and provide additional identifying features

The value of the ring is not yet known, Morgan said.

As for its condition, Morgan said it’s not “showroom quality” as the ring is 30 years old, but it appears to be in good shape.

“There’s no damage from being out in the elements in the parking lot,” he said.

Police are hoping they’ll be able to find the rightful owner, but Morgan knows it could be tough. He said he was involved in the search for the owner of a missing ring once before, but in that case the owner was never found.

The owner is asked to contact the Plaistow Police Department at 382-1200.

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