Lost Wedding Ring Found During Routine Sewer Cleaning

Sarah Wolff’s ring had been missing for more than a year when a public works employee in Big Lake, Minnesota, noticed it moving through a sewer line

Lost Wedding Ring Found During Routine Sewer Cleaning

Sarah Wolff shows off her recently found wedding ring alongside David Sperling, the public works employee who discovered it while cleaning city sewers. (Photo from city of Big Lake, Minnesota)

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Oftentimes when a valuable goes down the drain, the expectation is that you’ll never see it again. At best, you know that the time frame for a successful retrieval is short.

So what happened to Sarah Wolff on July 13 was certainly a surprise to put it mildly. Wolff was reunited with her lost wedding ring — more than a year after it went down a bathtub drain.

A public works employee with the city of Big Lake, Minnesota, recently discovered the ring during routine sewer cleaning. It was passing by an open manhole.

“You could tell it was a ring. I reached down into the pipe, and it was down in there about a foot. I just kind of pulled it back and there it was,” the employee David Sperling tells TV station KARE 11.

On July 9, the city posted on its Facebook page:

“City staff found a wedding ring during a routine sewer line cleaning. The ring may have entered via a floor drain, shower, bathtub, swimming pool, sink, washing machine or toilet. Given where the ring was found, it was likely from a residential neighborhood. If you believe that you may be the owner who lost the ring, please contact Mike Goebel. Please be prepared to describe the ring in detail, or provide some evidence of ownership!”

A friend of Wolff’s notified her about the Facebook post.

“I still didn’t think it was mine. But I called and I described it and sent photos and sure enough it was mine,” Wolff tells KARE 11.

After picking up her ring on July 13, she took it to Shane Co., where her husband had initially purchased it, to have it cleaned. Shane Co. even gave Wolff a new necklace with her wedding day engraved on it and announced it would be providing Sperling a good-deed thank-you gift as well.

“I was just doing my job more than anything. I just wanted her to get her ring back and a happy ending to the story,” Sperling tells KARE 11.

Source: KARE 11


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