An East Hampton man found buried treasure right in his hometown. Now, his discovery will provide someone with something money can't buy and return of a memory.
Mike Lyman said he has a passion for metal detecting.
“What do you love so much about it? You just don't know what you're gonna find,” Lyman said.
Lyman said he began searching local fields in February. He dreamed of finding buried treasure, but said that’s not really what his hobby is all about.
“Everybody wants to do that but I'm just going having fun swinging finding what I'm finding,” Lyman said.
Mike's found an assortment of items and most of them are more interesting than valuable. But one recent discovery at the East Hampton Middle School softball field shines above the rest.
“I had to dig it out pull it out. When I pulled the shovel up it was just sitting there I was like what is that a piece of foil or something,” Lyman said. “I picked it up and I was like oh my god I don't have my glasses but it looks like a class ring.”
Lyman was right. He had found a 2002 East Hampton High School class ring. The piece of jewelry has some monetary value, but Lyman has no interest in keeping it. He said he wants to return the ring to its rightful owner.
“It was pretty exciting,” Lyman said. “I'm probably more excited about trying to return it than the person will be who gets it. It's just a neat feeling finding something that has somebody who you have a chance to give it back to them.”
Lyman said he may get his wish thanks to some important evidence. The ring has the name Nicole on one side, so Lyman said he is confident he can track down the mystery woman.
“Sentimental value that there's priceless,” Lyman said.
If you know who owns it you can contact Eyewitness News or the East Hampton town manager.
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