(WMC-TV) - A Memphis man tracked down the owner of a commemorative ring he found at a local laundromat with the help of Action News 5.
Scott Osborne does laundry at the Do Duds laundry mat on Madison Avenue. For weeks, he searched for the owner of what he thought was a class ring he found there.
"I immediately knew it was special, and somebody was looking for it," he said.
Osborne started his search for the owner of the ring - which was engraved to a 'Cedric Miller' - by contacting the Shelby County Schools Board of Education. But he was told the Board is not allowed to release information about students.
So, Osborne contacted the Action News 5 investigators, who quickly found Cedric Miller on Facebook and sent him a message.
"I described it to a 'T and I told her it wasn't my ring, it was my son's ring," Miller said.
Miller, it turns out, is the head coach of track and football at Southwind High School, where his son, whose name is also Cedric, is a senior.
The younger Miller said the last place he remembered having his ring was his pants pocket, and that was before his mother went to the laundry mat.
"When I lost it I was just sick, because I knew I was going to have to hear that responsibility speech, about what did you do with it, and I didn't even know what had happened," he said.
Rather than a class ring, Osborne learned Cedric's missing ring was earned in 2010 at a state track and field competition.
"A championship, I mean, it was my first year ever even running track, Cedric said.
Osborne said he could have tried to sell the ring, but returning it and seeing the smile on Cedric's face was priceless.
"It makes you feel all squishy inside to know you've done something good," he said.