Man has ring returned 72 years after he flushed it

May 24, 2011 10:41:59 AM PDT
A 90-year-old man who lives in Vallejo has found his high school ring, 72 years after he thought he lost it when he accidentally flushed it down the toilet.

Jesse Mattos, now a great grandfather, never thought he'd see it again, until he got a phone call he says he'll never forget. It was during that call he found out someone had found his Dunsmeir High School class ring. A city worker found it in a backed up sewer line - and the ring had Jesse's initials on it. After tracking down the 1939 yearbook, that worker found one of Jesse's classmates and was able to return the ring.

The great grandfather says he had to get the ring re-sized, but, he was happy to do it.