Nfld. & Labrador

St. John's family trying to find owner of lost ring found in son's Halloween bag

A family and a St. John's elementary school are searching for the owner of a wedding ring, who is believed to have accidently dropped into a trick-or-treater's bag during Halloween on Saturday. 

The family is searching in the area of Vanier Elementary

Gillian and Niko Lahoda are looking for the owner of a ring that may have accidentally been dropped in Niko's bag while he was trick-or-treating Saturday. (Bruce Tilley/CBC)

A family and a St. John's elementary school are searching for the owner of a wedding ring that is believed to have been accidently dropped into a trick-or-treater's bag on Halloween. 

Gillian Lahoda told CBC News on Tuesday her kids were trick-or-treating in her neighbourhood on Saturday, and when they returned home and upended their sacks of loot on the living room floor, something peculiar fell out of her son Niko's bag.

"We noticed something sparkling from the pile. Upon closer inspection we found a ring," she said. 

"[I] examined it at first to make sure it wasn't a little toy thrown in there as a joke or a gift for kids. It turned out to be a real ring, so there's some concern that there's maybe somebody who is missing it."

Lahoda said her family has plastered signs on community mailboxes trying to locate the owner. She has also taken to social media in hopes somebody will be able to put the puzzle pieces together.

Did you accidentally give away your ring on Halloween? The Lahodas are trying to find you. (Bruce Tilley/CBC)

On Monday, Lahoda also notified Vanier Elementary — a school in her neighbourhood — about the ring in hopes of finding the owner nearby, and the school has tweeted about it.

She said she won't be posting a picture of the ring online in order to make sure no one other than the rightful owner could claim it.

"I figure if anyone is missing a ring then they know it, or they will soon find out," she said. "If I advertised what it looked like, then how would I know that the person was telling me the truth?"

As of Tuesday evening the owner had not been located. 

But Lahoda says it's important to find the owner.

"If it was me who lost the ring, I would be heartbroken. If it was a wedding ring, an engagement ring or a family heirloom, something like that, that's been passed down. Who knows? It might have great sentimental value for somebody." 

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With files from Cecil Haire