Published On: Thu, May 8th, 2014

Men hoping lost ring can be restored to owner

LAUREL —   A surprise was in store for two men as they were working at a construction site at the Laurel Airport this spring.

Norm Slama, and his friend Clay Bode, found a gold ring with a stone.

The men believe the ring could hold some emotional ties for someone and would like to get the ring back to the owner.

“It is a very distinguished looking ring. It’s very pretty,” Slama said. “We would like to get it back to the rightful owner or a family member who might remember the ring.”

The ring is being kept at the Laurel City Office in hopes the owner can identify and claim the ring.

Slama, who is having a building put up at the airport, and Bode, who operates Clay’s Flying Service at the Airport, found the ring at the construction site after they had been digging post holes with a post hole digger truck.

The men came back out to the airport a couple of days later and were working at the site when Bode discovered the ring.

“I noticed something shiny in one of the holes. The rays from the sun were hitting the ring and as I walked past the hole something flashed,” Bode said. “When I first picked the ring up I had thought maybe it was a kids ring – but it isn’t.”

The post holes are 24 inch in diameter and the ring was in the sidewall of the hole, according to Slama.

“The ring is still in perfect condition,” he said.

A jeweler has looked at the ring and confirmed it is 10-carat gold.

It is possible someone could have lost the ring when it fell down a drain at a local residence.

It could have gotten into the city’s sewer system and ended up in the dirt at the airport.

Sludge from the sewage treatment plant is used as fertilizer and is sprayed on the cropland at the airport and then knifed into the ground Slama said.

“It would be great if the owner of the ring or a family member who remembers the ring would go to the city office and identify the ring. They would have to describe the ring – before being able to see it,” Slama said. “We are hoping this newspaper story helps find the rightful owner.”