Years ago, a Waynesboro High School class ring ended up in the backseat of a vehicle.
Troy Pinson's father stumbled upon the silver 1985 class ring about five years ago when he was vacuuming a used vehicle he had recently purchased.
"He was cleaning it out one day, and he found a ring," said Pinson, who works at Quad Graphics Inc. in Evans.
Pinson has taken on the task of finding the ring's rightful owner.
The ring, adorned with an orange gemstone, reveals the name Mary on one side and the image of a cross on the other. Etched on the band's interior is the name Hazel Mary Smith.
While he can't be sure, Pinson said he believes his father, who has since suffered a stroke, found the ring in a Chevrolet truck that he sold shortly after buying it.
At his parent's request, Pinson started the search years ago by first calling Burke County High School, formerly named Waynesboro High. School staffers told him they didn't have any records, he said.
Pinson also has looked for the ring's name on Google with no luck.
One lead in 2008, though, had Pinson optimistic.
Pinson's cousin, who thought he knew the ring's owner, planned to help locate the woman. Shortly thereafter, he passed away in an Interstate 20 wreck.
"He actually called me one day and said he thinks she works at a convenience store in a small town south of Augusta," Pinson said.
It wasn't until recently that Pinson remembered the piece of jewelry.
He saw the ring sitting in a jewelry box with other pieces that Pinson's late mother passed down to his daughters.
Pinson also was motivated by a story he read about a 1968 Super Bowl ring, which was returned this year to the New York Jets player who lost the ring in 1971 while surfing in Hawaii.
Though the ring may not carry a hefty monetary price, Pinson realizes the sentimental value of such an item.
"I know if I lost my class ring, I'd like to have it back," he said.