HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) — UPDATE: Watch the story on this page for an update on the ring reunion!
If you lost something important to you, how nice would it be if someone went out of their way to help you get it back?
Viewer Dean Charman emailed WHNT News 19 saying:
“I found a class ring last year and am having trouble finding its owner. I know I would greatly appreciate finding the ring I lost back in 1980. Maybe you folks can help me out.”
So WHNT News 19 decided to take action to find the hand that belongs to a long-lost high school moment. Charman says he came to find the ring quite by accident.
“We were working at one of the local hospitals doing some renovation work for them,” Charman recalls. “One of my co-workers found this ring up in the ceiling, so he said ‘Wow I found this ring but I don’t know what to do with it’, and I said, well, maybe I can help you out.”
Charman says he went on an exhaustive search to find Jarrod. That is the name on the side of the 1989 Huntsville High School class ring. Charman says he researched at Huntsville Public Library and even tried to get the high school involved in his search.
“But I never got any response,” laments Charman. “They didn’t help me as much as I thought they might, so I figured let’s get on the news, maybe they can help me out.”
Our initial story aired on January 11, 2013. As soon as it was over, several people emailed and called WHNT News 19 to say they had an idea on whose ring it might be. Many pulled out their yearbooks to help.
Jarrod Humphrey didn’t see the initial story, but said he got a flood of phone calls and texts from friends.
Humphrey went to Huntsville High School and was a member of the ’89 graduating class, but actually graduated in ’90. He had rings for both years, and actually lost both.
Humphrey and Charman actually worked on some telecommunications projects at Huntsville Hospital. Jarrod says he recognized Dean immediately.
“It was so surreal. I said who would have thought after over 10 years I would be reunited with a ring that I pretty much thought was a lost cause?” Humphrey said.
WHNT News 19 arranged for Jarrod and Dean to meet at our station. They did, and the ring fit. Jarrod was very excited to get it back.
“I’m gonna tell you, they’re going to have to cut my arm off this time — I’m not going to part ways with it this time,” Jarrod said with a chuckle.
Jarrod also surprised Dean with a gift card to a local restaurant, as a thank you gift.
WHNT News 19 would like to thank Dean Charman, and our viewers who helped us crack the case and find the ring’s rightful owner!