Ring found in lake returned decades later

Ottawa County

HOLLAND, Mich. (WOOD) — About two decades ago, some 26 feet below the surface of Goshorn Lake near Saugatuck, Jim Resseguie found a class ring — apparently Tina’s ring.

“It says, ‘Tina, Holland High School,’ and then on the inside it says, ‘TLS,’ year 1991,” Resseguie said Sunday, describing the ring to 24 Hour News 8.

In all the years since, Resseguie has tried to find out who it belongs to without luck.

Until Monday. 

24 Hour News 8’s report on the ring was shared more than 1,000 times on Facebook and eventually made its way to Michelle Smith. She recognized immediately the ring as her sister’s and reached out.

“I’m looking and I’m like, ‘Oh my God, it is.’ Because I looked over the whole thing, and I’m like, ‘It is!'” Smith said Monday.

‘TLS’ stands for Tina Louise Smith. Now Tina Matheu now, she still lives in Holland.

On Monday, 24 Hour News 8 was able bring Resseguie and Matheu together to solve the 29-year-old mystery once and for all.

“Thank you so much,” Matheu said after getting her ring back, hugging Resseguie.

She believes an old high school boyfriend lost the ring while fishing in Goshorn Lake.

She and her younger sister got nearly identical class rings as gifts from their mother, who died in 2012.

“I’m trying not to cry,” Matheu said while looking at the ring. “Just brings me back to my teenage years. A lot of love.”

Who would have known a ring that sat at the bottom of a lake could mean so much? Resseguie seemed to have an idea.

“I almost gave up but I figured, oh, leave it in the drawer. Someday, you never know. But it happened,” Resseguie said. “Today’s that day.”

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