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Ring lost the day before 30th anniversary returned to Plaistow man

Union Leader Correspondent

February 16. 2017 3:20PM
David Simmons is once again wearing his gold wedding ring after it was lost and returned on Thursday. He lost the ring on Monday — the day before he and his wife, Debra, celebrated their 30th anniversary. (Jason Schreiber/Union Leader Correspondent)

PLAISTOW — David and Debra Simmons added a new chapter to their love story after David was reunited Thursday with the gold wedding ring he lost on Monday — the day before they celebrated their 30th anniversary on Valentine’s Day.

The diamond-studded 14-carat gold ring with the Plaistow couple’s initials and the date 2/14/87 inscribed on the inside was returned after their daughter, Alexa, saw a news story on Facebook Wednesday night about how the missing ring had been found in the parking lot of AutoZone in Plaistow, and how the search was on to locate the owner.

“I saw it and right away I was like, ‘Yeah, that’s his,’” she said.

David Simmons, 58, said the ring was lost after he removed it from his finger Monday while he was working on his daughter’s car at home because he didn’t want it to get dirty, putting it in his pocket. He drove to AutoZone to have a diagnostic done on the car and the ring somehow fell out of his pocket in the parking lot.

He said he discovered that it was missing later that day, and then began to search.

“I started looking around the house and then went back to the parking lots I was on that day and looked around and didn’t see it,” he said.

While disappointed, he said his wife wasn’t too upset.

“She’s lost a few pieces of jewelry I’ve given her over the years, so she cut me a little bit of slack,” he said, laughing.

Simmons said he didn’t give up all hope of finding the ring even as his 30th anniversary arrived on Valentine’s Day without it. It felt strange without the ring, Simmons said, so he decided to wear another ring he owned.

Simmons was unaware that Veronica Guzman had found the ring in the parking lot Monday as she was leaving the store and that she had then begun trying to find the owner through posts on social media.

Guzman, of Haverhill, Mass., went to the store to buy her husband a new snowbrush for Valentine’s Day and said she just happened to look down at the ground to shield her face from strong wind and spotted the ring. She brought it inside the store, where employees kept it safe before turning it over to Plaistow police on Wednesday.

Guzman remained hopeful that the owner would be found.

“I’ve seen so many stories of items reunited with their owners,” she said.

Simmons was preparing to head back to AutoZone to see if he could find the ring when he heard from his daughter that the ring had been found and was now at the police department. Police also issued a plea for information in hopes of finding the owner.

“I was just shocked and ecstatic,” Simmons said. “I don’t know what the value is, but you could never replace it. The monetary value is the least of it.”

He immediately contacted police and made arrangements to pick up the ring Thursday morning after verifying the initials on the inside to prove that he was the rightful owner.

With his ring back on his finger, Simmons said he plans to contact Guzman to properly thank her for finding it and for being honest.

“People think the worst of people, but there are more good people around than there are not and things like this make you remember that,” he said.

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