ROSLYN, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — This Valentine’s Day, one Long Island man is searching for the owner of a gold wedding ring found at a Nassau County train station earlier this year.
As CBS2’s Ali Bauman reported, Joel Landstein is now trying to reunite the nearly 70-year-old ring with its rightful owner.
After Landstein parked his car at the Roslyn Long Island Rail Road station two weeks ago, his son opened the passenger side door and found a simple gold wedding band, WCBS 880’s Sophia Hall reported.
“Just as soon as he got out of his car it was there,” Landstein said. “He said if it was two, three inches in the wrong direction, he would never have seen it.”
Landstein could not read the ring’s inside inscription because it was so badly faded. He took it to a jeweler, who used a magnifying glass to read the engraving, discovering it was quite old.
“There are some initials inside and there is a month, a date and a year on it, and I’ve given out the date, 1948,” Landstein said.
Landstein said he is only giving the year because the true owner will know the rest of the engraving. He immediately put up a poster outside the train platform listing his phone number, hoping the owner might see it.
The poster has drawn a lot of interest and praise from commuters.
“That is very awesome,” said Herbie Garner of Roslyn Heights. “A lot of people wouldn’t have done it – wouldn’t have done it at all. They would have pawned it or traded it in.”
“I think it’s just fabulous and it’s good karma, and karma always comes back,” said Joyce Pautko of Nassau County.
Landstein also posted an image of the ring to his Facebook page asking for help finding the owner.
He said he has received several calls, including one from someone with a missing ring from 1948.
“I had one person whose parents were deceased and their jewelry was stolen,” Landstein said.
Landstein said sadly, it was not their ring. As for the accolades he has received, Landstein said he is just trying to do the right thing.
“Just getting it back to the right person would be the key – I’d be very happy,” he said.
Landstein said there is likely a great story to such an old ring, and he will not quit searching until it is back in the right hands.