Within days of the Searsport Police Department issuing a public notice about a class ring from 1945 that was found at a local grocery store, the ring has been returned to its 84-year-old owner.

Searsport Police Chief Dick LaHaye reported Thursday, Oct. 6 that the owner had taken possession of the ring after positively identifying it as the one she lost during a trip to Tozier’s Family Market in Searsport about three weeks ago.

Tozier’s employees turned the ring over to LaHaye Monday morning, Oct. 3 after they had been unsuccessful in locating the owner of the piece after hanging onto it for about two weeks. From there, LaHaye gave VillageSoup a description of the gold-toned woman’s ring, which had the year 1945 featured on the side of it and had initials engraved on the inside.

LaHaye said just as he was wrapping up his shift Tuesday afternoon, Oct. 4, someone called him to inquire about the ring. The description they offered matched that of the ring that was being kept at the police department.

LaHaye said the owner did not wish to be publicly identified, but he stated that it was an 84-year-old woman who graduated from Bucksport High School in 1945.

“They said it had been missing for about three weeks, and that they were sure they lost it at Tozier’s,” said LaHaye. “They had lost all faith that they would ever find it again. They were actually quite choked up when they learned it had been returned.”