Plumber finds lost rings, searches months for owners

Local plumber finds lost rings, reunites them with owners
Kissiar's lost ring. (Source: WOIO)
Kissiar's lost ring. (Source: WOIO)

MANSFIELD, OH (WOIO) - Plumbers find all kinds of things on the job -- in drains and in the sewer.

One Northeast Ohio plumber turned detective to return several rings to their owners, thanks to his daughter.

On Wednesday, Trent Dawson, president of Mr. Rooter Plumbing in Mansfield, presented two of those rings to the women who lost them years ago.

Karen Singrey lost her class ring eight years ago, and it's finally back in her hands.

"I was shocked, I never thought I would see it again ever," she said.

Singrey graduated in 1972 and saved up for that ring.

"I found that one in a sewer line, it was attached to a necklace wrapped up in roots," Dawson said.

Singrey teared up when Dawson gave her back her ring. It had been polished and looked good as new.

"There's no words, it's just so amazing. This is like a flash from the past," she said.

Dawson found Cherie Kissiar's ring, too.

"I found it in the floor drain, didn't actually get it out from the floor drain, got it out of my shop vac," Dawson said.

Kissiar agonized for years over losing her class ring from 1991.

"I was 17 when my mom was diagnosed with breast cancer. One of the last things she ever bought me was my ring, my class ring," she said.

More than 20 years later, she couldn't believe her eyes.

"It's got a lot of sentimental mental value to it, a lot," she said.

It all started when Trent Dawson's daughter Tori was looking for her mom's class ring.

"So I went and looked in her jewelry box, found four others and didn't find hers at first," Tori Dawson said.

Where she found out where the rings came from, she told her dad she wanted to find their owners.

So Dawson contacted Mr. Rooter Plumbing's corporate headquarters and they launched a social media campaign to find them. They even contacted the schools corresponding to each ring.

Some of the rings had initials on them, which also helped with the detective work.

Once the photos of the rings were posted on sites like Facebook, friends of the women who lost the rings contacted them, asking if those rings or theirs.

"At the end of the day, if it wasn't for my daughter telling me I need to find the owners, they'd still be in the jewelry box collecting dust," Dawson said.

In total, Dawson found and returned four rings to their owners after several months of searching.

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