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DINWIDDIE COUNTY, Va. -- Kevin Cobb was not sure what he would find when he took out his metal detector and searched around his girlfriend's grandmother's home in Dinwiddie last week. But what he found has captured the attention of the internet.

Kevin Cobb holds the ring he found in Dinwiddie County. (PHOTO: Wayne Covil)

Kevin Cobb holds the ring he found in Dinwiddie County. (PHOTO: Wayne Covil)

At first Cobb said he pulled up some tin cans and bottle caps, but then the metal detector hit on a ring buried about eight inches into the ground. Cobb unearthed the ring, cleaned it off and posted a photo on Facebook. Three days later, that photo had been shared more than 200,000 times.

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The ring appeared to come from a U.S. Navy recruit training command based out of Great Lakes, Illinois. The initials "LEY" are engraved on the ring, as is the year "1973."

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"I know that's not a lot of info, but I would really like to find the owner," Cobb posted on Facebook. "Help me out by sharing this post. The more people that see this the better chance of me finding the owner."

Wayne Covil spoke with Kevin Cobb about his "viral" discovery and will provide on update on the search for the right's rightful owner tonight on CBS 6 News at 6.

39 comments

  • Eve Alaxanian

    Address: 1750 Tomcat Blvd, Virginia Beach, VA 23460 Phone: (757) 433-3131 Thats theNavy Base. So they can call and find out that way They have records of all over or can send him in the direction on where else to call.

  • Tony Gates

    (Jake Kelly) This could come from the USS Kearny DD432 Decommissioned in 1972. Contacting the ships crew members websites usually under the ships name could get you the info.

  • Lisa Arrowood

    I looked at the web site for USNTC Great Lakes 1973 graduates. http://www.gjenvick.com/Military/NavyArchives/USNTC-Yearbooks/GreatLakes-TheKeel/1973/Company-0225-Yearbook.html#axzz3MBV3Othh
    I found a man with the name William E. Yerian that graduated in 1973. Could the L. stand for Liam? I found the following obituary for William E. Yerian Sr. (see Below) I think that it could be William Jr.,listed in the obit as William E. Yerian II that lives in Kentucky. Hope this helps.

    William E. Yerian Sr.

    William E. Yerian, Sr. 60, passed away Tuesday, February 19, 2008 at Good Samaritan Hospital in Zanesville. He was born January 5, 1948 in Chillicothe, Ohio to the late William F. Yerian and Louise Hart Willis. He was a member of the United Steelworkers. William worked for 37 years for Lancaster Glass then at Bays Food Market.

    William is survived by his wife Mona (Rice) Yerian of Somerset; children Tabitha “Rice” (Jason) Chrysler of Whitehall, Mary Litton (Mike Griffith) of Lancaster, William Yerian II of Kentucky, Adam Yerian of Somerset, John Yerian of Somerset; grandchildren Thomas Yerian of Lancaster, Felicia Yerian of Somerset, great grandson Colton Black of Somerset. daughter-in-law Tiffany Yerian of Mt. Perry. 21 grandchildren He was preceded in death by his parents, grandmother Bertha Sweet Browning, stepfather Thomas A. Hart, sister Peggy Scribner, brother Tommy Hart and 2 infant sisters.

    Funeral services will be held at 10:30am, Friday, February 22, 2008 at Sheridan Funeral Home with Rev. Henry Barnett officiating. Burial will follow in Maple Grove Cemetery with military honors. Friends and family may visit on Thursday from 2pm-4pm and 6pm-8pm at Sheridan Funeral Home.

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