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Wedding Ring Found In Sewer Awaits Its Owner

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Posted: Friday, July 19, 2013 10:26 pm

Have you ever dropped or flushed a wedding ring down a City of Yankton drain?

If so, the Yankton Police Department may have your missing band.

In June, an employee at the city’s wastewater treatment plant found a female’s wedding ring.

“We didn’t know what to do with it,” said Kyle Goodmanson, the director of environmental services for Yankton.

He said employees had unloaded the contents of a vacuum truck on a ramp at the plant. While the liquids drain off from the sludge, the heavy materials remain.

“A lot of times, you’ll find things laying in there,” Goodmanson stated. “A year ago, we found a class ring. It had the year on it and the class initials. We went back to the school and figured out the possible owners and got it returned. This ring has no initials or anything on it, so we turned it over to the police department.”

He said the ring could have been in the sewer system for years before working its way to the wastewater plant.

“We don’t know,” Goodmanson stated. “When something that heavy falls into the sewer, who knows how long it takes to start moving.”

The ring was turned over to the police on July 9.

“The female wedding ring has some unique and distinguishable characteristics,” said Lt. Todd Brandt. “Anyone wishing to claim the lost ring can contact the Yankton Police Department between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday to inquire about the ring. A complete and detailed description and/or a photograph of the ring will be needed in order to claim it.”

Goodmanson said that, if the owner is found, she should have no worries about putting the ring back on her finger.

“They ran it through the autoclave, so it’s disinfected and 100 percent clean — it’s probably cleaner than it’s ever been,” he stated.

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