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    Some good fortune and a little bit of kindness helped return a high school ring that had been missing for 26 years. Elyce Kirchner reports. (Published Friday, May 20, 2016)

    Some good fortune and a little bit of kindness helped return a high school ring that had been missing for 26 years.

    Nearly three decades since the ring was stolen from a Concord home, the missing jewelry piece popped up just one city away when an elderly woman was gardening.

    "She was digging up and all of a sudden she saw this gold in there," said Joanne Caruso, the owner of the ring.

    Caruso still doesn't understand how the ring ended up in the dirt, but she is happy to have a piece of her past back in her life.

    "It’s a symbol of high school," Caruso said. "You don’t get that back you know. But now I do."

    Caruso's home was broken into in 1990 and the vandals escaped with her high school and wedding rings.

    "The police had said that everything was probably pawned," Caruso said. "And I wouldn’t see anything returned to me."

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