The ring was first reported missing in March 2022, when a California man’s future stepson accidentally flushed the ring down the toilet.
May 19, 2023 10:11 am PDT | Updated May 19, 2023 at 10:13 am PDT
CHINO HILLS, CA – An engagement ring that was accidentally flushed down the toilet has been recovered and returned to its owner more than a year later in California.
The ring was first reported missing in March 2022, when a Chino Hills resident called the city’s public works department after his future stepson accidentally flushed the ring down the toilet.
Resident John Glass removed the flange from the toilet and rented a sewer inspection camera to look for the ring in the drain pipes. However, according to Nicole Freeman, a spokeswoman for the city of Chino Hills, he was unable to retrieve the ring. Instead, he accidentally pushed the ring further down the tube.
To find the ring, the emergency services searched the city’s main route with a surveillance van. During the inspection of the main line, city sewer personnel made several attempts to flush the resident’s sewage system. However, attempts to find the ring were unsuccessful.
More than a year later, responders found the ring on May 3 during routine maintenance on the Glass neighborhood’s sewer system, Freeman said.
“Our public works workers, Christopher Sambrano and Tony Ochoa, were performing routine maintenance on the neighborhood sewer and recalled that this was the area where the local resident had previously reported the missing ring,” Freeman told Patch.
After the details of the missing ring were confirmed, it was sterilized and returned to Glass the next day.
“They took extra care cleaning out the sewers in hopes of finding the missing ring and were thrilled to find the lost engagement ring more than a year later and return it to its original owners and bring them some happiness,” said Freeman Patch .
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