Lost wedding ring returns to owner 18 months later

April 16, 2012

In Kuna, Idaho, Mechelle Rieger accidentally flushed her wedding ring down the toilet. After freaking out, she let her husband know and they did everything they could in hopes to find it.  Her husband took the toilet apart praying it was stuck in a pipe. After hours and hours, the ring was no where in sight and they accepted that is was gone.

18 months later, two Kuna sewer workers found a diamond ring in the Goldcreek subdivision while undergoing routine maintenance. A filtration basket managed to capture the ring.

At first, they assumed it was fake. But after further examination, they knew it was real.

They took the ring to the mayor's office the next day in hopes the ring could be returned to it's rightful owner. They didn't know if it had been down there for 10 years, or 2 weeks.

It turned out to be down there for almost 2 years.

The story went national and everyone was calling in to claim the ring. Apparently a lot of people had lost rings in the area over the years.

But the true owner still lived in Kuna. After Mechelle heard a ring was found and saw the picture in the newspaper, she had to prove it was hers.

She went to the jewelery store that custom made the ring and was able to pull up the information and even a picture which was still on file. An exact match!

The ring was finally returned. Mechelle was so excited and happy to have her symbol of love back on her finger where it belonged.

"Miracles do happen and I have my ring back," she said. "I think that's a really good sign."

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