GREEN TOWNSHIP, Ohio – Nancy O'Toole was shopping at Sam's Club on North Bend Road when she noticed something sparkling on the floor and reached down to pick it up.
It turned out to be a gold wedding band more than a half-century old. The inscription said a couple named Barb and Tom tied the knot with that very ring in 1965.
"Together forever," it says.
At that moment, O'Toole made it her personal quest to return the ring.
That was April, and O'Toole has been trying to find the owner ever since.
"I think about it every day," she said. "It must have sentimental value."
But a supervisor at the store says no one has been asking about the ring.
So Thursday she took the ring to the Green Township police, and detectives immediately started working the case.
"We'll check our lost property reports," said Lt. Mitch Hill. "Check the marriage records or the Hamilton County Probate records for any possible matches."
But Barb and Tom were married long before records were computerized.
"It's not a quick process," Hill said.
And there's no guarantee they were even married in the area.
Hill says whenever anyone finds a lost item of value, the smartest thing to do is to bring it to the police. Otherwise, he says, "You could attract someone who will pretend that it's theirs."
In the meantime, O'Toole hopes the couple is watching and can be reunited with the gold ring that helped seal their vows.