RIGBY — When Necia Rasmussen lost her wedding ring four years ago, she tried everything, including a metal detector to find it. What she never expected was for it to wash up on the shore of Rigby Lake years later.
Four years ago, Rasmussen, a resident of Rigby, and her family were enjoying a day at Rigby Lake. Underneath the shade from the covering above the picnic tables, Rasmussen had taken off her ring, and put it in the cup holder of a chair so she could rub sunscreen on her kids. When she went back to the chair for her ring, it was gone.
Her husband was about to deploy to Iraq, and Rasmussen, who didn't know if she would ever see him again, had lost the ring he had given her.
Fast forward to this week when other Rigby residents, Jayson and Emily Geisler, decided to break out their kayaks after they had collected dust for nearly two years.
On Monday, Jayson and Emily decided to spend the evening kayaking and swimming on Rigby Lake.
While Jayson swam as part of training for an upcoming triathlon, Emily, who was just getting back into the sport, decided to practice getting in and out of the kayak on the shore.
Three times she methodically placed the paddle onto the shore, carefully stood up and sat back down, when something caught her eye.
It was a diamond ring.
"I know nothing about jewelry," Emily said. "My wedding ring is a gold band with nothing on it. But the ring looked real."
Hoping to somehow find an owner, Emily returned home with plans to contact local newspapers.
She searched Google to determine the value of the ring and decided to do even some further research to prepare herself if a potential owner tried to identify it.
Emily said she thought it would be great to find the owner of the ring, and even posted a photo of it on Facebook.
Emily planned to enlist newspapers to help find the owner, but her hectic Tuesday morning workload delayed that plan.
She attended a Rigby Rotary Club meeting Tuesday afternoon, where she hadn't attended in a month. With business being wrapped up early, she mentioned to the 14 others with her that she had found a ring, and if anyone was missing one, to get in contact with her.
She didn’t expect to see what happened next.
Before she was finished speaking, Glenn Walker, a fellow Rotary member, was already on the phone with his wife, asking about his sister-in-law's lost ring.
Emily said she was completely skeptical.
"You really think it's her ring?" she asked.
After refusing to show a picture, but rather wanting the potential owner to describe the ring, Emily said she tried to remain calm as, to her shock, Walker described perfectly the ring she had found.
Platinum. Princess cut diamond, with three diamonds on either side.
Emily told Walker to have the woman send her a picture of the ring. That way she would know for sure whose it was.
But Walker, still on the phone with his sister-in-law, continued to describe the ring in detail.
"The diamond is turned like a baseball diamond," Walker said, relaying his sister-in-law’s words to Emily.
Finally, Emily asked if there was anything stamped on the inside of the ring.
Though Walker could barely hear what was happening on the other end of the line, he was able to catch three letters: PLT.
"I couldn't believe it," Emily said.
Stamped on the inside of the ring twice was the word: PLAT. This indicates that the ring is platinum, and is a feature not commonly found on rings, Emily said.
"I was trying to remain neutral," she said. "I mean, I was in the middle of a business meeting."
A few minutes later, two women met Walker at the meeting; one was his wife, the other was Rasmussen.
Rasmussen pulled out a photo album and opened to the very first picture.
The ring was hers.
"I have your ring," Emily told her.
Rasmussen started crying, nearly falling over to the point where her sister had to support her. Four years later, the lost ring had made it back to her.
The two women agreed to meet at Rigby Lake that night, as Emily and Jayson would be kayaking again.
Rasmussen met Emily in the exact spot where she found it, which turned out to be nearly a football field away from where it was lost.
The ring, which is in perfect condition despite the need for a cleaning, fit Rasmussen perfectly.
"It's amazing," Emily said. "They have done so much construction on the lake in the past four years, but the ring is totally fine."