Published: Aug 27, 2014 6:09 PM EDT
Updated: Aug 27, 2014 6:58 PM EDT

FORT MYERS, Fla.- The faculty at Bishop Verot has some homework to do, and they need your help. A school administrator discovered something that had been hiding in the school's safe for over 40 years.

Inside the walk-in safe at Bishop Verot, there are hundreds of files, some boxes and other items. While straightening things up before the school year started, the Director of Finance, Kathleen Houghton, came across something interesting.

"It could have easily been passed up," Houghton said. "It was right there, visible, but it was in a box."

It was a small package sent to the school in the 1970's. Inside was a Bishop Verot class ring from 1971. The ring has a Viking logo on the side, the initials "B.E.T." engraved around the band and Bishop Verot High School on top of the ring. On the box, it says "For Billy Thomas," so faculty thought it would be easy finding the owner.

"We've looked in our yearbooks. We couldn't find anybody in 71, 72, 73," said Bishop Verot Principal Denny Denison.

Not only that, but the school has no record of a Billy, Bill or William Thomas.

Now, the search for this mystery student has hit Facebook. Dozens of people have commented they think they know who the owner is, but the school hasn't been able to verify.

"Well, if we don't find him, maybe it'll go back in our safe," Denison said. "Maybe in a few years (we'll) give it another shot, but if we do find it, we would like to present it to him or his family and make it a special thing.

For now, the search continues. 


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