VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WVEC) -- A Virginia Beach man is on a quest to reunite a 40-year-old Bayside High School class ring with its owner.

Last week, Jason Beaver was metal detecting on Chic’s Beach when he came across the relic in the sand.

“I realized it was local. It was Bayside Class of '77,” said Beaver.

Beaver contacted Bayside High School’s administration to figure out if they could find the owner. Then he went a step further and posted about the ring online.

“I posted something on the Nextdoor Chesapeake website figuring the person might live somewhere in the area, and someone might recognize the initials,” said Beaver.

Those initials are "W,R,M." Jason hopes those letters are enough to track down the ring’s owner.

Beaver said this isn’t the first time he's reunited people with class rings. He found a class ring from M.I.T. and located the owner’s family.

“The owner was deceased, but I was able to get in touch with his family members, and got the story of how the ring was lost and when he lost it here in the Navy in the early 1940's,” said Beaver.

Beaver hopes someone recognizes the ring, and he’s able to return it to its owner.

“It’s nice to get something back to people that was missing, and it’s been gone for a long time. It’s really a big surprise to them sometimes, because it’s something they never thought they'd see again,” said Beaver.