Lena Mae Thompson's date had dropped the Ewing High School class ring on Coney Island in 1969.
Somehow, the ring ended up in Spring Valley, N.Y. That's where Edward Goldin found it when he cleaned out his elderly parents' home.
Goldin asked high school Principal Rodney Logan if he could find the owner whose initials LMT were engraved in the ring.
The 1969 yearbook showed only one student with those initials and the school's guidance office called a phone number in their dusty records. Thompson's niece answered the phone.
Thompson, who has lived in Texas since 1979, says she's grateful to everyone for trying to find her.
Information from: The Times, http://www.nj.com/times