(WICHITA, Kan.) — A woman has been reunited with her high school class ring, thanks to the keen eye of a maintenance worker at Wichita State University. That's where she lost the ring 20 years ago.
It's a place few students at WSU ever see, but in the basement tunnels of the Heskett Center you'll probably find Alan Beisel.
The life of a maintenance manager isn't glamorous and usually entails a lot of noise and belts to fit any machine. However recently Beisel added ring detective to his list of duties.
"It was right in here where I found the ring," Beisel said.
The university is remodeling the locker rooms. When the old lockers were moved out, Beisel found a ring in some dust and debris on the floor.
"Down on the bottom, (the lockers) had these gaps and she told me she was coming in to work out, took her rings off, dropped it and it slid right in the crack and underneath," Beisel said.
Only Beisel didn't know that at the time. When he found the ring, he had little information to go on.
"It was a class ring from 1989, it had her name engraved inside of it," Beisel said. "That's how the process started."
Beisel could have put it in the Heskett Center's lost and found, but he knew the ring might just sit there in that cardboard box. Instead he did some research, found a name and address through the alumni association and personally delivered the ring to the rightful owner
"She was very excited," Beisel said.
Students shouldn't have any problems with these new lockers, the bottom is solid and there are no holes which is how this ring was lost.
If they do lose something, Biesel may not be around to find it.
"Hopefully I'm retired 20 years from now," Beisel said
But while he's here, count on Beisel to keep a close eye on the items left behind.Class ring that had been lost for 20 years, found at WSU.