Lisa Yanick Litwiller, The Morning Sun It took about a week and a strong social media network to find the owner of a Shepherd High School class ring, lost for 20 years and rediscovered at an auction. The story starts months earlier however, when two strangers became social media friends because of a video.

Justin Jermolowicz is a Breckenridge resident who buys and sells auction items for a living; until a few months ago, he didn’t know Jay Gross, a long-time teacher in the Shepherd district. An emotional video Gross filmed of himself discussing suicide that was viewed more than 65,000 and shared by more than 1,000 people made it’s way to Jermolowicz screen.

“I was so moved by his video I friended him on Facebook and wrote him a heartfelt message thanking him for his passion for saving lives,” Jermolowicz wrote. Four months later at an auction in Bay City, Jermolowicz saw a class of 1987 Shepherd High School ring that immediately brought Gross to mind.

“I knew Jay was born and raised there and he was around the age of the ring. So i bought it and contacted him,” Jermolowicz said.

The two worked together, sharing Facebook posts of the ring and narrowing it down to one 1987 graduate: Steven Cole. Even with the networking and reach of social media it took just over a week, more than 700 shares and some sleuthing to narrow in on Cole; as it turns out the Shepherd grad lost his ring 20 years ago. Read more from…

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