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Backyard hobby turns up wedding ring missing for more than 40 years

'I didn't know if I should cry. I was just in shock,' says Pearl Meck

Backyard find leaves Longswamp woman speechless

LONGSWAMP TWP., Pa. - A Berks County woman has been reunited with one of her most prized possessions after it went missing more than 40 years ago.

Pearl Meck's emotional mystery was recently solved by her granddaughter's husband, Mike Caruso.

Caruso was in need of a new hobby. He wanted to do something off the couch and outside to pass the time. He took up metal detecting, and has uncovered buried treasure ever since.

"Some silver rings, some change from the late 1700s and early 1800s," said Caruso, just to name a few.

He has collected a box full of coins, buttons and knobs over the past year-and-a-half, but it was Saturday when he struck gold near the septic system in Meck's backyard in Longswamp Township.

"I pulled out what looked like a ring and I cleaned it off and stuck it on my finger and put my gloves back on and pulled out another bottle cap," said Caruso.

When he looked at the ring, he saw an engraving, "FRM to PPK 11/8/52."

"I couldn't believe it. I just couldn't believe it," said Meck, who was speechless when she saw it.

Meck and her husband, Franklin, were married on that day 61 years ago. It turns out Pearl lost her gold wedding ring in the shower more than four decades ago.

"My ring slipped off my finger and went down the drain and there was not much I could do about it," said Meck.

She never thought she would see it again. Her husband bought her a new one, but it wasn't the same.

Now, thanks to Caruso's hobby, he unearthed Meck's treasure that was missing for years.

"I didn't know if I should cry. I was just in shock," said Meck.

The ring is so much more than a piece of jewelry. It's a piece of her life back.

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