(UPI) A California man treasure hunting at a public park ended up discovering a wedding ring that had been lost during a game of catch 18 years earlier.
Roxana Napoli, of Stevenson Ranch, said her husband, Dave, had been playing catch with their son at Dr. Richard H. Rioux Memorial Park about 10 years after their 1993 wedding when his ring flew off his finger.
"He was playing catch with my son, and his ring flew off because it was loose on him," Napoli told the Santa Clarita Valley Signal.
Dave Napoli said he searched the park, but was never able to locate the ring.
"Thinking that we'd never find it, my wife and I went out to buy another ring," Napoli said.
The couple said they were surprised recently to receive a phone call from a Valencia man, who wanted to be identified only as Johnny P.
Roxana Napoli said the caller asked her some strange questions, including verifying her name and that of her husband.
"It was very, very strange, especially because he was asking me all these questions," she said. "Then he said, 'I found a gold band at Richard Rioux Park, and I believe it's yours.'
"It had been so long that I hadn't even thought of it. Then, when he said he found it up at the park, it all kind of just clicked in. It was just surreal."
Johnny said the ring had set off his metal detector.