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HAM LAKE, Minn. (AP) — A Minnesota woman has found a diamond ring worth at least $5,000 in a pair of secondhand pants, but says she can’t bring herself to keep it.

Deb Thompson of Ham Lake, Minn., is working with Goodwill to try to find the ring’s original owner.

The 53-year-old bought the pants for $3.99 Monday at a Goodwill store in Coon Rapids. She says she found the ring in the pocket, and when she looked at it she could only think, “Wow.”

A jeweler estimates the ring is worth between $5,000 and $6,500.

Thompson says she can’t keep the ring. She says she wants to find the owner so she can hear the story of how the ring got there.  A message left with Goodwill on Thursday was not immediately returned.

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