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Raleigh woman gets missing ring back after 50 years

Posted April 21, 2010 10:00 p.m. EDT
Updated April 22, 2010 6:37 a.m. EDT

— Molly Walker, 72, deals in antiques. She has unique pieces all around her Raleigh home, but her most unexpected find came in a phone call Wednesday morning.

It was a newspaper reporter who had been searching for Walker for weeks.

“He told me they found a ring in France and could it be mine?” she said.

It was Walker’s 1956 Fort Myer’s High class ring. She lived in France from 1960 to 1962 when her husband was stationed there with the Army.

“I did live close to where the ring was found,” she said.

A man in the French Army found the ring in some dirt and contacted a friend in Florida who was in the U.S. Army. A journalist in Fort Myers, Fla., got involved and searched school records and found Walker’s phone number in Raleigh.

Walker said the discovery brought back a lot of memories and emotion.

Though she doesn’t remember losing her class ring, she does remember how she felt about the piece of jewelry back then. She said she always felt it looked too much like a man’s ring.

“It was a very large ring for a girl and I didn’t like it at all. I did not want my parents to buy it,” she said.

Because of the more masculine appearance of the ring, they were initially searching for a male owner for the ring.

Walker said she is excited to get the ring back.