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Class ring reunited with owner years later

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FOREST GROVE, OR -

Four years after someone stole a man's high school memento from his home, it's back in his hands.

The 1981 Grand High School class ring isn't worth much to anyone besides its owner. About a year after it was stolen, a high school student found it in a field behind Cornelius Elementary School and tucked it in the bottom of a drawer.

Of all the things stolen from homes, it's the mementos that are often missed the most.

"Rings are something you have as a token of your memories," Paul Leuthold said.

When Leuthold's house was burglarized four years ago he included his class ring in his insurance claim but was told there was only one way to get it back - find it.

No one knows how the ring ended up in a field behind an elementary school a year later.

"I just happened to look down and see something shiny on the ground and picked it up and it was a class ring," said Michael Gordon.

To Gordon, the shiny new ring meant nothing. He tucked it in a drawer and forgot about until this week.

"I was just looking through my room a few days ago," Gordon said.

Gordon was now old enough to realize the ring had a clue and a rightful owner. Inscribed inside was a name: Paul R. Leuthold.

After a quick search on Facebook, a reunion was in the works. Gordon made the short drive from Cornelius to Forest Grove Friday.

"It's just a shock to get it back again," Leuthold said. "I thought I'd lost something special.

"Someday I'll pay him back and I'll also pay it forward."

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