Ogdensburg Woman Reunites Class Ring With Owner

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It has been close to 20 years since Laurie Demers was sitting at the Lisbon Beach, watching her children swim, when she put her hands down in the sand a found a gold class ring.

"I figured that there was somebody out there missing their class ring and I wanted to try to get it to them," said Demers.

The 1977 Gowanda High School ring only carried the inscription "Colleen" on the band.

The only other identifying emblem was a small goblet with Olympic rings.

The odds of locating the owner were slim, but Demers, who also lost her class ring, never gave up hoping she could one day reunite the owner with the high school ring.

"I contacted the superintendent's office there and asked them for their help in tracking her down and I also went on to Classmates.com and was able find the lady's last name," said Demers.

She kept the ring locked up and continued her search off and on through the years over the Internet.

It was with the help of Google searches, some luck and other resources she was finally able to locate the owner, Colleen Sullivan Horne, who now lives in Schenectady.

"It is kind of an amazing story and I really appreciate her just keeping at it until she found me," said Horne.

Horne says she believes she lost the ring in the late 70's while camping as a then-Plattsburgh State University student.

She also says she discounted an earlier attempt by her high school to locate her through her mother as a hoax, only to now be thankful for Demers' persistence.

The ring and its owner will be reunited this week, nearly 36 years later.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014
, Watertown, NY

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