FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — The mystery of a Foxborough High School class ring that was lost 40 years ago and has been languishing in the lost and found at the town library for years has a storybook ending.
The ring was recently returned to its rightful owner in Canada after some Internet sleuthing.
Someone found the ring in the library a few years ago and turned it in. Staffers, with nothing to go on except the initials KJB and the class year 1973, tried finding a matching name in the 1973 yearbook and made some phone calls, but they were unsuccessful.
"I didn't think we'd ever find the owner," library circulation assistant Ann Herman told The Sun Chronicle (http://bit.ly/YGctcQ ).
Then, a few weeks ago, someone overheard Bill Milhomme discussing the changing nature of class rings with another librarian.
They pulled out the yearbook, and found a picture of a shaggy-haired youth, Kristopher John Brooks.
The librarians gave Brooks' name to Milhomme, an archivist, who picked up the search on the Internet. He found that Brooks, 57, is a teacher and musician living in Edmonton, Alberta.
Milhomme tracked down a number and the library mailed a thrilled Brooks the ring.
"My family had checked into getting another ring made several times, because the loss was very disappointing, but I'd much rather have the original," Brooks wrote in an email.
Brooks said he was hard to track down for years because he was a touring musician.
He thought he had lost the ring in gym class back in his high school days. How it got to the library wasn't clear.
He hasn't been back to Foxborough since graduation, but he and his wife are now discussing a trip.
Information from: The (Attleboro, Mass.) Sun Chronicle, http://www.thesunchronicle.com