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Maine woman’s lost class ring found in Finland forest 47 years later

The ring showed up in the mail nearly 47 years after her husband gave it to her.

Debra McKenna, 63, lost the class ring in Portland, Maine, when she was a student at Morse High School, reported the Bangor Daily News and WGME-TV in Portland.

Her husband and high school sweetheart, Shawn, who died in 2017 after a yearslong battle with cancer, gave it to her before he headed off to college. They were married for 40 years.

McKenna told the Daily News she took it off in a department store while washing her hands in the bathroom and forgot to put it back on. By the time she returned for the ring, it was gone. Shawn wasn’t upset at her for losing the ring, she recalled.

She had all but forgotten about the ring until a chance encounter nearly 4,000 miles away in January. 

A Finnish sheet metal worker named Marko Saarinen stumbled upon the ring while scouring a forest with a metal detector. He told USA TODAY he spends about two hours a week metal detecting, but he has never been able to return something of value to anyone.

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