The ring has more meaning than one family can put into words.
Gabe Weiss was waving his metal detector near Arcadia Valley High School when he thought he struck gold.
“I got real excited. I thought it was a gold coin; civil war-era coin. Well, I dug down and there was a ring in there, a nice pretty one,” Weiss said.
The ring was nearly a half-foot underground.
Weiss posted a photo of the ring on social media, hoping to find its owner.
“It was a long shot, but I mean you have to start somewhere. And it wasn’t mine,” he said.
The ring belonged to Kevin Davis, who died in a car accident in 1999. He had lost the ring prior to that and his family was never able to find it.
Davis’ sister, Sarah Krause, saw the photo online and knew right away it was her late brother’s. It has his name and initials on it, as well as his birthstone. His mother had a football engraved along the side of the ring because the family played football on Sundays.
“I think it’s a sign that he’s still here and wants us to know that he is okay,” she said.
Davis’ family was moved to tears when the ring was returned.
“It makes goose bumps on me because I can just feel this thing and know that I got him," said Michael Davis, Kevin’s brother.
“All the days I wake up I tell myself it’s hard to wake up because he’s not here, but to me I feel like it’s a sign from him and God to let me know it’s okay. You can finally let it go and be at rest with it.”
Weiss fought back tears as he talked about turning the ring over to the Davis family.
“It’s a miracle, and it’s one of the best finds I’ve ever had,” said Weiss. “I’ll always remember it.”