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Wedding ring lost on Mt. Bachelor nearly 30 years ago returned

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Wedding ring a Portland woman lost nearly 30 years ago on the slopes of Mt. Bachelor is back on her finger

PORTLAND, Ore. (KGW) --  Melisse De La Mare and Jim Gibson, married for nearly three decades, are feeling like newlyweds all over again. Melisse has her wedding ring back, after years without it.

"I can't believe it's back," said Melisse.

Melisse says she lost her wedding ring in 1992, just months after marrying Jim. Melisse says the ring slipped off her finger while she was skiing at Mt. Bachelor.

"I just didn't want to tell my mother-in-law because it was her ring," said Melisse.

"We lost something that meant something to the family," added Jim.

Jim and Melisse moved on. They had no other choice. Fortunately for them there is a little something called fate.

"I'm one of those people who thinks everything happens for a reason," said Heather Langley.

Langley is a jewelry maker living in Birmingham, Alabama. She says this past summer, a customer of hers told her about a ring.

"He found it at Mt. Bachelor in Bend, Oregon in '91 or '92," she said. "He worked there at the time."

Armed with that information, plus some first names engraved on the inside of the ring, Heather got to work. She started making calls. One of those calls was to Samantha Swindler of The Oregonian. Swindler and her team started digging.

"She (Swindler) did a lot of historic research to identify my mother-in-law's name with Norton, her husband's name," said Melisse.

The research led to Melisse. In late October, Heather flew to Portland to deliver the lost ring. Melisse says the ring fits better now than it did all those years ago.

Read more of and watch the story by Mike Benner of KGW here.

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