Woman reunited with class ring nearly 30 years after losing it at Horseneck Beach

WESTPORT, Mass. (WLNE) – It’s been almost 30 years since Stacy Biello lost her Tiverton High School class ring at Horseneck Beach back in 1991.

“We went to the beach at night, a bunch of us, and the ring fell right off my finger. We tried to look for it but it was pitch black,” said Biello, who was 17-years-old at the time.

Biello and her friends went to turn on the headlights of their car to look for it, and the situation got worse.

“We locked the keys in the car. So, unfortunately, we had to break the window to get into the car and needless to say we never found the ring. Bad night altogether!”

But not long after it went missing, a then 20-year-old Kathleen Dugas was visiting Horseneck Beach and sat down in the sand, feeling something hard underneath.

“I was looking at it, I’m like wow, that’s so sad because, you know, somebody really lost a nice ring,” said Dugas, who is now 50 and lives in Attleboro. “I couldn’t make out the name on it, it was a little bit dirty. I brought it home, tried to clean it up, and there was a name in it ‘Stacy’. It’s all I could make out was Stacy.”

Dugas tried to find Stacy by calling Tiverton High School but she got nowhere. She kept the ring in a jewelry box for years and forgot about it. Until last week, when she decided to try a little harder.

“I was going through my jewelry box and I found it and I looked at the ring again, I’m like how am I gonna find this Stacy? I made out the name, looked it up on Facebook, and I found her!”

Dugas messaged Stacy but didn’t get a response, but she wasn’t giving up. She messaged her phone number and photos of the ring to Stacy’s Facebook friends, hoping someone would see it and relay the message.

The other day, her phone rang, and it was Stacy.

“I said, you know, I believe you might have my ring,” Biello said, recounting the phone call. “She said, ‘I’ve been looking for you for 30 years.'”

The two met up in Rehoboth on Sunday, and the ring is back on Biello’s finger. Fitting as well as it did in 1991.

“She’s an angel, and she kept it all these years. She kept it nice and shiny and beautiful. She was a blessing for me.”

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