Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Tales from the Tabloids: What Was Lost Is Now Found

 

While skiing on Mt. Bachelor in eastern Oregon 27 years ago, Melissa de la Mare pulled off her mitten standing under the Pine Marten Quad. When she put her mitten back on and skied away, she unknowingly left behind her wedding ring in the snow. She never found it, despite asking around at the resort and even at pawn shops in Bend, the town where Mt. Bachelor is located.

Years later, in Alabama, Heather Langley had a friend who had a ring he had found while working at Mt. Bachelor. There were two sets of names and wedding dates engraved in the ring, but since they were only first names, he had no information about who those people might be. Langley is a jewelry maker herself, and the two sets of names made it clear to her that this was a special ring with a lot of meaning to someone. She asked her friend if she could try to track down the owners, and he agreed.

Langley contacted The Oregonian newspaper in Portland, and they put a researcher to work going through databases of wedding licenses to find matches for the names and dates and so hunt down the owners. Twenty-seven years after it was lost, Langley stood in de la Mare’s home handing her back the ring. It still fits.

(Disclaimer: I know that The Oregonian is a broadsheet, not a tabloid, but I like the name of this series that I have done intermittently over the years so am sticking with it.)

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There are 16 comments.

  1. PHCheese Member

    My Dad dropped a Zippo lighter in Lake Erie while teaching me how to swim.It fell out of his breast pocket. The lake floor was composed of lose rocks and he looked for hours but to no avail. It was a monogrammed gift from my mother. The following summer I found it at the waters edge. He cleaned it up and added a new flint and fluid and it still worked. Not quite 27 years though.

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    • November 8, 2019, at 5:10 AM PST
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  2. Kay of MT Member

    Where is the rest of this reunion story?

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    • November 8, 2019, at 5:25 AM PST
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  3. CB Toder aka Mama Toad Member
    CB Toder aka Mama Toad Post author

    I also love these two stories of women losing rings only for them to be found on a freshly dug-up carrot!

    https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/aug/16/canadian-woman-engagement-ring-carrot

    https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/howaboutthat/8987079/Swedish-woman-finds-wedding-ring-on-a-carrot.html

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    • November 8, 2019, at 5:28 AM PST
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  4. CB Toder aka Mama Toad Member
    CB Toder aka Mama Toad Post author

    Kay of MT (View Comment):

    Where is the rest of this reunion story?

    It’s not a very long story — the video is all I got:

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    • November 8, 2019, at 5:30 AM PST
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  5. Kay of MT Member

    Thank you Mama Toad, these are such “feel good” stories. Bringing joy back into a life.

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    • November 8, 2019, at 5:46 AM PST
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  6. CB Toder aka Mama Toad Member
    CB Toder aka Mama Toad Post author

    Kay of MT (View Comment):

    Thank you Mama Toad, these are such “feel good” stories. Bringing joy back into a life.

    Kay, if I’ve been a “ray of sunshine,” then I’m grateful. That’s why I’m here!

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    • November 8, 2019, at 5:52 AM PST
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  7. CB Toder aka Mama Toad Member
    CB Toder aka Mama Toad Post author

    Here’s someone else who might make you smile, my daughter’s bunny Snowball:

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    • November 8, 2019, at 5:56 AM PST
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  8. KentForrester Coolidge

    CB Toder aka Mama Toad (View Comment):

    Here’s someone else who might make you smile, my daughter’s bunny Snowball:

    God was inspired when He made a bunny face. And that little nose that twitches. Cute as cute can be. 

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    • November 8, 2019, at 6:50 AM PST
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  9. Al French, Count of Clackamas Member

    The Oregonian, once a respected newspaper, has deteriorated to the extent that it is no longer a broadsheet or a daily. I follow it on line for local news, but refuse to pay for it. 

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    • November 8, 2019, at 9:41 AM PST
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  10. CB Toder aka Mama Toad Member
    CB Toder aka Mama Toad Post author

    I read The Oregonian because I can read all the advice columnists for free.

    Technically it’s still a broadsheet because its pages are in fact broadsheets, but I hear what you’re saying about its degeneration in quality!

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    • November 8, 2019, at 9:46 AM PST
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  11. Randy Webster Member

    I was a proud Oregonian paper boy in the 60’s.

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    • November 8, 2019, at 2:51 PM PST
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  12. Kay of MT Member

    CB Toder aka Mama Toad (View Comment):

    Here’s someone else who might make you smile, my daughter’s bunny Snowball:

    When we got our bunny, she was such an itty, bitty little thing. Then she started growing, and growing, and growing into a Flemish Blue Giant.

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    • November 8, 2019, at 7:04 PM PST
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  13. ShaunaHunt Member

    I LOVE all the bunnies! Here’s mine:

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    • November 8, 2019, at 7:46 PM PST
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  14. ShaunaHunt Member

    KentForrester (View Comment):

    CB Toder aka Mama Toad (View Comment):

    Here’s someone else who might make you smile, my daughter’s bunny Snowball:

    God was inspired when He made a bunny face. And that little nose that twitches. Cute as cute can be.

    I adore bunny faces. He is so cute.

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    • November 8, 2019, at 7:48 PM PST
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  15. ShaunaHunt Member

    Thank you for the uplifting post! I needed it today.

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    • November 8, 2019, at 7:48 PM PST
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  16. Lilly Blanch Coolidge

    Another lovely story of a ring found and returned after 51 years:

    “She is a very special girl,” Shields said. “What’s surprising is not just getting the ring back, but what she did. She doesn’t abide by the old saying, ‘Finders keepers, losers weepers.’ Not everyone would have done what she did.”

    https://www.herald-dispatch.com/news/huntington-girl-finds-class-ring-va-man-lost-in/article_2185312a-1792-5b7e-a1b6-ced7c3aff0b1.html

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    • November 9, 2019, at 1:43 PM PST
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