Class ring finds way back to its owner

A new trend called DDiving, or dumpster diving, that has made its way from UK and Europe to the United States led to a Pendleton County High School Class of 1981 graduate reuniting with her class ring. A young man was partaking in the new trend in Lexington when he stumbled on the find.

DDiving is a popular form of modern salvaging of waste in large commercial, residential, industrial and construction containers to find items that have been discarded by their owners but that may prove useful to the picker. It is not confined to dumpsters specifically, and may cover standard household waste containers, curb sides, landfills or small dumps.

Once the young man found the ring, the story became like the old shampoo commercial. He told a friend who told a friend who contacted the Falmouth Outlook.

Melissa Stidham saw a friend’s post on Facebook about the ring. “I figured if I posted the ring on the Falmouth Outlook page and the Pendleton County High School page, someone would recognize it. It just started getting shared until I finally got a name!”

That name was Melinda Rose. The owner met with the person who returned it on Sunday night.

“I’m so glad she is getting it back. I appreciate everyone sharing my post to help find her,” she added.

After seeing the post with Falmouth Outlook tagged, it was shared on the Facebook page, and the Pendleton County community took off with it. Several posted and offered clues to the ring’s owner, but it was Bill Mullins who identified Melinda Rose as the possible owner. Rose, who lives in Lexington, became a prime candidate. A follower to the Facebook page tagged Rose’s sister in a post and, sure enough, the owner was confirmed.

Rose shared on the Facebook post, “Thanks to everyone. I deeply appreciate everyone that was concerned. Means a lot to me. Thank you.”