Michael Amberson hadn't seen his Gadsden High School class ring since he took it off to wash his hands at his dorm in 1996, when he was a freshman in college.
About two weeks ago, mail carrier Chad West was mowing the grass at the home of a woman he knows when he spotted the ring in the grass near a dogwood tree.
He picked it up and saw Amberson's name.
Then he noticed Amberson's name on a piece of mail while making a delivery one day and realized the ring was his.
He made arrangements to return the ring to Amberson, who says he has no idea how it ended up on the woman's lawn, but is glad to have it back.
Information from: The Gadsden Times