Mom says stolen 1999 Alabama SEC Championship ring is still right here in Chattanooga
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (WDEF) – A local mother says a ring that was stolen from her home was spotted here in Chattanooga.
And she is on a hunt to get it back.
Erin Thurman says, ” I think his legacy is kindness it will always be kindness for me.”
Victor Ellis was a star running back at Red Bank High. Where he left a mark both in the class room and on the field.
David Kindiger, with Red Bank High says, “it was not that he was all SEC athletically but he was all SEC academically and he did his part in all phases.”
He accepted a full scholarship that took him to the University of Alabama. In 1999, the team won the SEC Championship, but Victor got not one ring, but two.
“Just for me. It just made me feel that as a mother, as a single mother, I had raised a young man that did not just think of himself, but thought about the woman who raised him and raised him well,” says Debbie Jones Ellis.
After graduating and moving on to work for the university, he became sick.
Jones-Ellis says, “He called me up on the phone and told me that he had a cough that wouldn’t go away.”
He had a rare form of lung cancer and it was too late.
“Doctors said that there was nothing else they could do. Just to bring him home and make him comfortable and that’s what we did,” says Victor’s mom.
After his death, his mother’s home was broken into and this ring was stolen along with TVs, a camera, other jewelry, as well.
She says she took time off work to do her on investigation which led to her getting some of her items back.
The biggest piece of evidence, that could lead Ellis back to the ring Victor made for her, came in the form of a phone call.
“A very prominent business owner, community leader, minister in the community that told me that he knew exactly where the ring was but he did not want to get involved. That made me feel empty.”
Ellis is hoping that Victor’s story will compel anyone with information to come forward.
“I have been praying for him to come forward to tell the truth, to clear his conscience and to bring that ring back to its rightful owner. He is walking around wearing that ring on his finger and it doesn’t belong to him. It was a ring that he [Victor] had made for his single mom and not for the person who is out there wearing it, advertising it like it is his, because he didn’t earn it, my son did. Victor earned that ring. I just want to close this chapter because it is out there. That ring is right here in this community. The community of Chattanooga Tennessee.”