9-year-old Kellyville boy finds a stranger's most precious keepsake in an unlikely place

Posted at 7:40 PM, Apr 19, 2018
and last updated 2018-04-19 23:10:36-04

KELLYVILLE, Okla. - A Kellyville father and son's hobby helped return a stranger's most precious keepsake. 

One might hear piercing beeps, but Avyn hears potential. 

"Like if it’s skippy it’s probably just some trash," explained 9-year-old Avyn Waldrop of his metal detector. 

It takes patience to find something good. 

“I actually thought it was another quarter.”

Last week he was laser focused. 

“And he kind of caught a beep and I was like, 'wait,'" remembered his dad John Waldrop. 

He just wanted to find enough quarters for a chocolate bar when it beeped again. 

“I said you’ll probably want to dig that," John said. 

This Friday the 13th brought unexpected luck. 

It wasn't a coin, in fact. 

“And we dug it up, and that’s when we found the ring," Avyn said. 

“I said I can’t believe my son just outdid me," John laughed. 

It wasn't just any old ring. 

“I asked my dad if I could keep it but he said we needed to at least find the owner.”

They tried the old fashioned way looking around town, but it was Facebook that ultimately delivered. 

“He’s like, 'no, somebody found your ring,' and we both just started going crazy.”

14-year-old Taygann Spencer's dad saw the post; It was her championship fast-pitch softball ring. 

She lost it two years ago playing on a Kellyville field. 

“We come here every single Sunday and we’ve just been looking for it ever since," she said. 

The middle school professional softball hopeful almost didn't recognize it when she finally got to hold it again this weekend. 

“This thing is heavy," she joked. 

But, old habits die hard; the first thing she did when she got it... 

“I dropped it," she laughed. 

This time, her parents aren't taking any chances. 

“You’re not having your ring back until you’re 18.”

John said he hopes his son learned a thing or two from his strike of luck. 

“When you do right it changes everybody around you as well.”

Avyn said he gets the message, and wants to keep at metal detecting, not for the fame but for the fun. 

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