FL Restaurant Finds Couple’s Lost Wedding Ring, Returns It This Christmas

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By Joe Roetz

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LAUDERDALE-BY-THE-SEA, Fla. (WSVN) – A wedding ring was lost, then found in a restaurant in Lauderdale-by-the-Sea, and through the power of social media, the piece of jewelry returned to its owner in time for Christmas.

An inscription on the ring helped guide her to Bob and Katy Mann this weekend.

“He says, ‘Love, Katy.’ KATY,” Katy said.

The couple said they were eating at one of their favorite restaurants, Aruba Beach Cafe in Lauderdale-by-the-Sea, a few days ago when Bob dropped his wedding ring without even realizing it.

That’s when Michelle Heiser came into the picture.

“I’m walking, and all of a sudden I looked down, and I saw a gold ring, and I said to my husband, I said, ‘That looks like someone’s wedding ring. a,'” she said.

Heiser, who was at the restaurant with her husband, said she knew immediately what to do.

“All I thought to myself when I saw the ring was, ‘Oh my God, what if it was my ring or his ring,'” she said. “I wish someone would find a way to give it back to me.”

Heiser posted a photo of the ring on social media with the caption, “Just found this man’s wedding ring on the street. It’s registered. If you’re Katy and can tell me what else the ring says, message me and I’ll give it back to you.

“Within hours, someone who knows them, who lives in New Jersey, called me back and private messaged me, and he said, ‘I think I know who that is,'” said Heiser.

This person from New Jersey called the Manns and asked if the band was theirs or not.

“I asked [Bob] if he lost a ring, and he said, no, he said, ‘Oh, wait a minute. I don’t have my ring,” Katy said. “He thought it was in the bathroom and he couldn’t find it.”

The couple contacted Heiser and told him the rest of the registration: the wedding date.

She delivered it at Christmas.

“He could have been run over, stomped on or stolen,” Katy said. “Anything could have happened, so we were very lucky.”

It was the best Christmas present for the Manns, who have been married for 56 years.

“It was just awesome that they followed like that,” Katy said.

“I think they were more enthusiastic than us,” Bob said.

Now Heiser has plans for her husband’s wedding ring.

“We also realized that it is better to register his ring, because it is not registered, and if we lose it, we will be in trouble,” she said.

Big problems, but not for the Manns.

“Happy ending, very happy ending,” Katy said.

Good thing they got that ring back in time. The couple will celebrate their wedding anniversary on Wednesday.

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