Missing Merritt Island High School class ring returned to woman after 4 decades

Nearly 4-decade old mystery solved thanks to Facebook

MERRITT ISLAND, Fla. - A Merritt Island High School class ring that disappeared back in the 70s has been reunited with its owner on Friday.

Dee Headley received the class ring from her mom as a graduation gift back in 1973. A few years later when Headley went off to college in North Carolina, her beloved ring disappeared, along with her boyfriend, Cotton Fisher, whom she had given it to.

"I was dating, and he loved my ring, and he wanted to hang it on his mirror in his car," said Headley. "And a couple months later, he just disappeared."

A heart broken Headley assumed Fisher had found someone else, so she moved on, but never gave up hope she'd see her ring, and Fisher again.

Fisher's older brother Glen, found the ring in his mother's home in North Carolina, and began searching for it's owner.

"I knew I had to try and get it back to whoever it belonged to," he said.

Fisher eventually reached out to the "I love MY Island -Merritt Island" Facebook page.

Within an hour, they traced the ring back to Headley.

However, the good news came with bad.

Headley never heard back from Cotton Fisher because he was killed in a car accident a few months after they last spoke.

"What I was holding out for-- was that I would see him again, and I kind of have seen him again, through his brother," she said.

Headley plans to wear her ring to her 40th class reunion in October.

"It's an absolute wonder, just how this could happen the way it did," she said.

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