KILLEEN (October 17, 2012)—Sandra Nagy, a 1979 Killeen High School graduate, finally has her long-lost class ring back, thanks to another Killeen woman who embarked on a search after finding the ring more than two years ago.
The ring was one of the most expensive things Nagy’s parents ever bought for her, so she was devastated when she lost it just a few years after she got it.
She searched for it for three decades and she might still be looking if Mary Neault hadn’t embarked on a search of her own.
Two-and-a-half years ago, Neault's mother-in-law passed away and left a box of jewelry inside of which Neault found the ring that offered only a few clues to its owner--the letter “K,” the name “Sandra” and the year 1979.
"I carried the ring with me everywhere because I thought that way if the opportunity arose, I could pull it out and say, 'This is who I'm looking for," Neault said.
Neault said she kept running into dead ends and thought she was going to have to give up on the search, but a voice in her head encouraged her to keep going.
She did, and soon after that, she discovered a Killeen Class of 1979 website and on it the only Sandra in the class.
Then she turned to social media in an attempt to find Sandra and this time she did.
"My Facebook actually has my maiden name, so that's the only reason she made a connection I think," Nagy said.
When the two women finally met they discovered they both worked for the Killeen Independent School District.
Nagy still has no idea how her ring ended up in Neault's mother-in-law's hands in Copperas Cove, but said she's glad it did.
"Knowing people went out of the way to make sure to find me really makes you think about how people are, that there really are good people out there," Nagy said.