Jade Hutchison was a typical 9-year-old girl who was very excited to go on a vacation with her mother to Bermagui, which is in New South Wales. Looking forward to spending some quality time together, Hutchison eagerly awaited a visit to the local beach there.
Finally making their way to the beach, Hutchison was exploring and having a good time when she noticed something that caught her eye.
It was a wedding ring, left forgotten in the sand.
Picking it up and looking around the beach, no one seemed to be searching for the ring. Taking steps to try and return it to its owner, Hutchison’s efforts turned out to be in vain and so she ended up taking the ring home with her.
“At the time I was only nine-years-old, so I didn’t really think much of it,” Hutchison explained to abc.net.au.
Progressing through life as the years began to quickly pass, Hutchison never forgot about the ring she had in her possession.
She still wanted to somehow find a way to return the ring to its owner.
Turning 17, and after talking about the ring with a friend, Hutchison decided to once again pick up the search for its owner.
“As I’ve gotten older I just thought it would be quite amazing to find the owner of the ring and return it,” Hutchison shared.
Her quest taking her to social media, Hutchison shared a post on the Cobargo/Bermagui Notice Board Facebook group detailing how she’d found the ring along with her intentions to return it.
“Found on this beach while my family and I were on holidays in 2010, I am from Sydney and have been trying to find the owner or a way of contacting the owner which has been hard considering I’m not from the area!” the post explained.
“I would absolutely love to return it to its original owner as I have had it for so many years!”
In a shocker to Hutchison, a reply to her post turned out to be from the original owner.
“Is it a mans ring? My husband lost his,” Lynette Schaefer wrote in the reply. “He would have lost it over 5 years ago. Oh my god my heart is racing.”
As it turns out, Schaefer’s husband, Paul Shaefer, indeed did lose the his wedding ring on the very same beach Hutchison had been on. The two traded photos to confirm that it was a match.
And lo and behold it was.
“Straight away the photo that she posted looked pretty similar, I freaked out, I had my boyfriend next to me and I was ‘like oh my gosh, I think I’ve found the owner!’” Hutchison giddily shared.
From there it was just a matter of figuring out the logistics of how Hutchison was going to get the ring over to them, an 8 year story finally coming to an end.
The best part of the story? Hutchison is planning to return the ring right before Paul and Lynette’s 25th wedding anniversary!