Ann Hill said she thought she'd never recover a gold diamond ring she lost eight years ago, until a man from the local sewer district stopped her in front of her home last week.
When the man inquired about the ring, Hill thought a moment before pointing to a heart-shaped pendant studded with diamonds she wears on a gold chain. She said she lost a ring her husband had given her that matched the setting.Brent Justensen, an operator at Central Davis County Sewer District, had been working on a crew cleaning the sewer pipe not far from Hill's home on Angel Street when he found a ring that matched the necklace. He said he saw sunlight catch the diamonds as it was washed out through a pump. After a jeweler determined it was worth $800 to $1,600, he decided to search for the owner, according to Leland Myers, district manager. He knocked on neighborhood doors for hours.
"I can't believe he would try like he did to find the owner. Nowadays it is unusual to have a kid be that honest," Hill said. " It is like a dream. I never thought it would be any place like that."
Myers said while it is not unusual to find things when crews clean out the sewer, but it usually isn't that expensive or that small. Crews have found pocket change and one occasion found 24 golf balls floating at the sewer inlet. Another time they found a 5-foot two-by-four had washed through the pipes.