FARMINGTON — A lost ring that arrived at the Davis County Sheriff’s Office in 2013 has finally been removed from its shelf in a last-ditch effort to find its owner.
“Pretty much anything that you can imagine is in this room,” said the sheriff’s office’s evidence technician Kelsy Porter, as she walked through the property and evidence room where the ring had spent the last six years. “It’s pretty awesome. It’s like twisted Christmas. Bags of stuff I get to go through.”
Among the bags of property and the rows stacked full of evidence, there are few items Porter hasn’t touched or smelled and even fewer stories she hasn’t heard.
“For the longest time I had a sandwich in the fridge,” Porter said. “They thought that somebody had tried to poison somebody with it…It was nasty. When we finally got to purge it, it had grown legs and was ready to walk away.”
For all the lost and found items that haven’t been claimed, Porter does the purging every 90 days, per DCSO policy.
But there’s one item, what appears to be a diamond wedding ring, that has somehow managed to escape the purge.
“I kept this for a lot longer than I was supposed to,” Porter admitted.
A good Samaritan found the ring near 1700 West and 200 North in West Point in 2013. It had already survived for some time on the shelf by the time Porter transferred to the crime lab. And for the next several years it just seemed too valuable and too sentimental to follow protocol.
“After nobody claimed it, I couldn’t stand to throw it away,” she said. “So, I just put it back on the shelf.”
So the ring remained on the shelf, year after year.
“If it were mine, I would hope to find it. I would hope that I could relocate it someday.” And Porter wants to believe that day is near.
“I sure hope so. I would love for it to go back to its original owner,” she said.
The ring has survived too many purges and like everything else on the shelves in the evidence room, it’s finally time to move on.
“It needs to go. It’s been too many years, it’s time to get rid of it,” Porter said. “I shouldn’t say get rid of. It’s time to let it go.”
To claim the ring, the person will have to be able to reveal the inscription on the inside of the ring and provide some proof that it’s theirs. If no one claims it, the ring will be offered to the woman who turned it in more than six years ago.