After nearly a decade, lost class ring finds its owner

After losing her Gilroy High School 1992 class ring nearly 10

Veronica Uribe hadn’t seen her class ring for nearly a decade,
but the smooth gold band slid onto her fourth finger like it was
finally home.
Veronica Uribe hadn’t seen her class ring for nearly a decade, but the smooth gold band slid onto her fourth finger like it was finally home.

About five minutes away from landing up in the county dump, the ring would have a tale to tell if only it could talk, Morgan Hill resident Karen Anderson said, shaking her head. On a quest to reunite ring with owner, Anderson put months into her search, finally tracking down Uribe after a trip to Gilroy High School.

About 1.5 years ago, Anderson evicted a family from her San Ramon Drive property in Morgan Hill after they stopped paying the rent. The parents had split, the father took off, mom went to jail for drunk driving, leaving five teens in charge of the house, Anderson explained. The dead lawn tipped her off as she drove past one day.

After evicting the negligent tenants, Anderson set to work cleaning up her property. In addition to numerous letters from the jailed mother reminding her son to keep up the lawn, Anderson found at least $1,000 worth of overdue textbooks from the Morgan Hill Unified School District, other property that didn’t seem to belong and a Gilroy High School Class of 1992 ring with the initials “VU” inscribed in fine script. Tossed in a pile of debris on the garage floor, the ring’s sparkling scarlet gemstone caught Anderson’s eye.

Anderson did not know how the teens ended up with the ring, she said.

Anderson searched the Web for Jostens – the makers of the class ring – asked the Morgan Hill Police for help – “the officers blew me off,” she said – and took the ring to a local jeweler, to no avail. After temporarily giving up, Anderson’s daughter spotted the ring sitting in a basket in Anderson’s kitchen at Christmas and urged her mother to rekindle the search.

Finally, poring over the Class of 1992 list at Gilroy High School, Anderson came across only one woman with the initials VU – Veronica Uribe. A few quick keystrokes turned up the Uribe family living on Wren Avenue in Gilroy.

“I’ve had something of yours for about a year and a half now,” Anderson said coyly at Uribe’s home last week, raising her right hand to her face. “Notice anything familiar?”

A moment passed before Uribe recognized the delicate ring and a knowing smile spread across her face.

“My ring,” the 35-year-old said, sliding it on. “Where did you get this? I went crazy looking for that ring. I couldn’t find it anywhere. I thought my sister had borrowed it.”

The two exchanged stories and laughed over the twists and turns that brought them together, Uribe congratulating Anderson on her persistent detective work.

That persistence was not new, Anderson said.

“I was the only person that found every student from my graduating class for our high school reunion,” she said.

The ring hasn’t strayed far from Uribe’s finger since last week, and she’s received several compliments on the feminine design, she said Monday from the dental office she manages in Sunnyvale.

“I’m just glad I have it back,” she said. “It’s not so significant to other people but to me it was. I wear it all the time now.”

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