The Bangor Daily News reported that Debra McKenna, 63, lost the ring when she was a student at Morse high school in Portland. She said they had largely forgotten the ring had been largely until 47 years later a metal detector found it buried under 20 cm (8 in) of soil in a wooded Finnish park.
The ring belonged to late husband Shawn of McKenna, whom she dated during high school and college. For 40 years, the couple had been together until he died in 2017. When he left for college, Shawn gave Debra the ring, and she accidentally left it in a department store.
McKenna said she cried at her home in Brunswick last week when the ring arrived in the mail.
“To have decent people step forward and try in this world of negativity is very touching,” McKenna said. “There are good people in the world and we need more of them.”
Marko Saarinen, a sheet metal worker from Finnish Ilta-Sanomat, reported in January using a metal detector in a park in Kaarina, a small town in south-western Finland, when he discovered the ring.
The ring that has an inscription read “Morse High School” delighted Saarinen. He contacted the alumni association of the school and they confirmed Shawn as the owner as it also bore the graduation date of 1973 and the initials “S M.”