A Townsend woman who lost three rings has found them due to the help of strangers.Sun staff photos can be ordered by visiting our MyCapture site.
A Townsend woman who lost three rings has found them due to the help of strangers.

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TOWNSEND -- A Townsend woman who lost three rings that belonged to her parents has found them, thanks to the help of strangers who saw her plea for help in the Townsend Times.

Cynthia Donovan Schuster reached out to the Times last month after realizing that she had lost three rings -- her mother's engagement ring and both of her parents' wedding bands.

She said the loss of the rings was devastating

"The rings themselves, they're not of great value, but they're of sentimental value. They're the world to me," Donovan Schuster said.

After the story was published, she said she received a call from former Police Chief William May, who offered to come and help search and suggested other places to check, including local pawn shops.

On Nov. 27, May and his wife, Jeanne, came from their New Hampshire home to Donovan Schuster's house in the pouring rain. They had with them a high-powered metal detector and a plan to search the yard where Donovan Schuster plays with her children.

Although she originally thought the rings had been lost in a grocery store parking lot, Donovan Schuster and the Mays searched the yard, thinking they could have fallen off while she was swinging her young sons.

"The more we walked, the less hopeful I was until Mr. May had a beep that just put butterflies in my stomach and made me weak in the knees. There, laying on the ground, was a wedding band. Then another and another but the engagement ring wasn't with them. A few long agonizing minutes later, I heard Mrs. May announce she found the diamond. I couldn't believe my eyes. My heart skipped a beat," she said.

Donovan Schuster said she's grateful for the Mays' kindness and willingness to sacrifice their own time to help someone they didn't even know.

"What a beautiful couple, to come here -- the day before Thanksgiving. To care about a complete stranger, and go that far out of their own way and bring me what can only be described as a feeling of wholeness again. They gave me back a piece of my heart. My father. My rings. Words can't explain how grateful I am," she said.

Not only did Donovan Schuster find the three missing rings -- she found a fourth as well, which had been lost years earlier.

"I had a band that I used to wear for years on my thumb but I lost that one shortly after moving into our house in 2010. What are the chances that the rings would all be lost in the same spot, years apart from each other? I completely forgot about the third wedding band. But there is a higher power out there. I am sure of that, and they wanted me to have all my rings," she said.

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