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November 12. 2013 8:07PM

Husband's hope of finding wife's lost engagement ring fading


Bill Beaulieu of Middleton searches for his wife's lost engagement ring along the entrance to the Brickyard Square shopping center last Sunday night. (JASON SCHREIBER)

EPPING — Bill Beaulieu has vowed to find the diamond engagement ring he gave to his wife five years ago, but it's like finding a needle in a haystack.

The ring fell off the roof of a car somewhere along Route 125 more than two weeks ago and hasn't been found despite days of searching with metal detectors, flashlights and head lamps.

The search effort turned into a spectacle Sunday night when several people joined the highway hunt for the white gold ring with a princess-cut diamond in the center surrounded by about 20 smaller diamonds.

Bill's friend, Eric Beaulieu, a manager at the Epping Market Basket, organized Sunday's search and recruited other co-workers to pitch in, but they had no luck finding the Middleton couple's ring.

"At this point, somebody could have it and not know how to handle it. It's just one of those things." said Bill, a manager at the Market Basket in Portsmouth.

The search began after Bill's wife, Krystle, made an honest mistake.

She met up with her mother at the Brickyard Square shopping center on Route 125 to hand off her 10-month-old daughter while she took her 3-year-old son to Charmingfare Farm in Candia.

Krystle, 30, said she had some trouble installing the car seat in her mother's car because the ring was getting in the way. She removed her wedding and engagement rings and placed them on the roof of her mother's car while she hooked up the car seat. Problem was, she forgot about the rings.

Krystle said her mother left the parking lot and made it about two miles south on Route 125 when she realized the rings were still sitting on the roof when she took off.

"I was completely panicked," she said.

Krystle called her mother three times before she finally answered the phone, turned around and returned to the parking lot to begin the search.

Miraculously, her husband found the wedding ring in the grass on the side of the highway during a search a few days later.

"There was hope when I found the wedding ring," said Bill, 32.

But hope of finding the engagement ring has begun to fade after searching day and night for the last two weeks.

"It was a good five days before I could talk about this to anybody. I would just break down in tears," said Krystle, who met Bill 12 years ago while working at the Plaistow Market Basket. They married in October 2009.

The couple filed a police report and is now offering a $300 reward for the return of the ring.

While the ring is insured, Krystle said she hasn't filed a claim because she's still hoping that it will be found. The ring has sentimental value, and she wants it back.

"It's not about the money he paid. He picked it out all on his own and I don't want another one," Krystle said.

Anyone who finds the ring is asked to call the Epping Market Basket at 679-3057.

jschreiber@newstote.com


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