Teen who finds ring rewarded

Published 3:51 pm Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Something unexpected caught Matthew Jones’ attention when he was looking for a turtle in a ditch near his Pascagoula home. It was a 1989 class ring, bearing the name “Alton.”

The 13-year-old cleaned it up and asked his mother if she could find who the ring belonged to and mail it.

The owner was Alton McClantoc, a 1989 graduate of Pascagoula High School now living in Alabama. McClantoc says he lost the ring in the woods shortly after getting it and was surprised it was ever found.

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To show his gratitude for its return, McClantoc recently drove to Pascagoula with a surprise for Matthew: a fishing rod that his mother said he wanted.