A man from East Hampton recently found a priceless memory buried underground, but he couldn't seem to track down the owner.
But after he told his story on Eyewitness News, the mystery woman came forward and the station was there for the reunion.
"If you could go back in time, yes I would totally go back,” Nicole Krucelak, of East Hampton, said. “High school was a vacation compared to real life."
Krucelak said she has mostly fond recollections of high school. She still has her old yearbook, but one memory disappeared almost immediately after she graduated.
“I distinctly remember like going in my jewelry box and being like huh my class rings not there,” Krucelak said.
Krucelak said she lost her class ring in 2002.
“If somebody ever said your life depends on where you lost that then I’d be done,” Krucelak said while laughing.
Last week, Mike Lyman with a metal detector discovered a 2002 class ring in the athletic field near East Hampton Middle School. The piece of jewelry had the name Nicole emblazoned on one side.
"It was pretty exciting,” Lyman said. “I’m probably more excited about trying to return it than the person will be who gets it." Eyewitness News did a story about Lyman's discovery on Monday and Krucelak’s husband happened to see it.
“I thought he was crazy,” Krucelak said. “I just walked into the house. I had a whole bunch of bags with me. The kids were yelling in the background and I’m like no way."
On Thursday, Krucelak and Lyman met at the field and sure enough it was her old ring.
“This brings back a lot of memories yeah for sure,” Krucelak said.
Krucelak said her ring still fits and laughed while putting it on.
Krucelak said she can't believe her priceless memory is back on her finger.
“I think this is awesome nobody really gets an opportunity to do something like this,” Krucelak said. “It's amazing."
However, Lyman said he feels this ring reunion was meant to be.
“I feel really fortunate and blessed to get this opportunity and I’d like to share it with everybody,” Lyman said. “I’m so glad you got it back now thanks."
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