“Detectorist” Jeff Filaseta of Lebanon enjoyed a great day searching with his metal detector this spring at a Waynesville farm.
“I was contacted by Jamie Gabbard to try and find her mom’s ring at a farm on New Burlington Road in Waynesville,” said Filaseta, a member of the Ohio Detectorists Association. “(Around Feb. 23) the vice president of our club and I detected the property for over four hours with no success.
“I decided to give it another shot (on March 15) using a different metal detector. After detecting the yard for about two hours I hit gold.”
That gold was wrapped around an emerald-cut aquamarine ring that Gabbard’s mother, Susan Kinsel Turner, had lost way back in 1959. It was found buried 50 feet away from the area where it was initially thought to be lost. But Filaseta wasn’t done yet.
“I decided to metal detect some more because the location was an old farm, and I thought I might get even find an old coin or button,” Filaseta said. “No more that 30 feet from the lost ring I got another strong signal. After digging the small hole I can’t believe my eyes … another gold ring!”
This time the gold was part of an old 1965 Centerville class ring belonging to someone with the initials JEP. After taking the rings to a local jeweler to be cleaned, Filaseta starting to do more digging, this time online.
“I started researching the Centerville class of 1965. I found a website that had a link listing all the 1965 student names. Only four names fit the JEP: Jack Perkins, James Percival, Jerry Poff and Jane Puterbaugh,” Filaseta said.
He called Gabbard to report on the found engagement ring — and also told her about the class ring. She called Turner, who remembered that her brother once dated a girl named Jane Puterbaugh.
“We were then able to find a Facebook page about a Jane Wade from Centerville, now living in New Albany, Indiana,” Filaseta said.
It was Jane Puterbaugh Wade’s ring, and the mystery was solved. That’s one of the main perks that ODA’s members get from their finds.
The 60-member group meets at the Upstairs Bar & Grill at Holly Hills off of Ohio 42 in Waynesville.
Another perk is the gratitude of the recipients.
Gabbard said, “The ring was a gift from my mom’s grandfather when she was 11 years old. She was sitting on the side of the front porch playing around with it, and dropped it. They could never find it after that, and she was always bringing up that story. I decided to give it to her for Mother’s Day.”
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