Local man finds lost Boston College ring

There's no telling what you'll find sitting on the ocean floor, or buried underneath the sand. For Gary Bonin of Woonsocket, the thrill is in the hunt.

“You never know what you're gonna find,” he said.

Last summer, he was at Horseneck Beach in Westport looking for someone's lost wedding band when he came across a 1998 Boston College class ring with a red stone.

“I was out there probably in about waist-deep water,” Bonin recalled.

When he took a closer look at the ring, he noticed it was engraved with the name Christopher P. Martin

Bonin said, “I had to use a microscope because somebody -- it looks like somebody tried to file his name out of the ring. I'm not really sure why.”

He's now trying to reunite the ring with its rightful owner.

“I mean, if I went to Boston College and I lost my college ring, I think I'd want it back,”

He called Boston College and said the school confirmed someone with that name went to Boston College, but so far the school hasn’t had any luck getting in contact with him.

For the past six years, Bonin has been combing beaches with metal detectors, trying to find people's missing jewelry. He's a member of a worldwide organization called The Ring Finders.

Bonin said, “I've had 15 rings to date that I've returned to people that were lost anywhere from in the snow, in the water, on the beach.”

What does it cost to have someone find your lost ring? Bonin said he asks people to give him gas money and, if he finds the ring, he accepts whatever donation people are willing to make.

For more information, visit: https://theringfinders.com/

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