Toddler Solves Three-Decade Old Ring Mystery

Child's play turned into a major find for a toddler in Franklin, Massachusetts.

He dug up a woman's wedding rings lost more than three decades ago.

"I was just sitting there watching the kids play in the dirt - like they usually do - and Ryan walks up to me and says 'Mommy, I found your ring," said Luna Baima. "He gives it to me and I was like 'Oh Ryan, thank you.' He gives it to me, and I didn't think anything of it though it was maybe costume jewelry and he was like 'do you want the other one?' I was like yeah sure!"

It turns out the rings 3-year-old Ryan Baima dug up were lost 33 years ago by his home's original owner, retired school teacher Joan Mulligan.

After some detective work, Ryan's mom delivered the good news by phone.

"She said 'I think I have something that belongs to you,' and immediately it flashed through my mind that's what it was," said Mulligan. "I couldn't believe it!"

Mulligan lost the rings when she was gardening. She gave Ryan a $50 reward. Mulligan says she will have her long lost rings repaired in time for her 50th wedding anniversary in August.


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  • by Cautious on Nov 10, 2009 at 11:37 AM
    It is reasons like this that I always take my rings off and put them somewhere for safe keeping when working in the yard, washing dishes, or going out to the beach. My husband hates that I do but at least I am less likely to lose them.
  • by MC Location: WV on Nov 7, 2009 at 06:35 PM
    When I was a kid many years ago, my best friend's mother lost her beautiful diamond ring down the register (the heat duct in the floor from the gas furnace). A few years later I was at my friend's house when a furnace repairman came up from the basement with the diamond! We were of course stunned. And how's that for honesty on the part of the repairman!
  • by J Location: D on Nov 7, 2009 at 05:17 PM
    This is just so awsome. My mom lost the diamond out of her engagment ring in her bathroom, and a year later after she had washed the mats in her bathroom like 10 times, she looked down one day and said she saw somthing shiny and picked it up and it was the diamond. we all thought that it was the most amazing thing.
  • by Audra Location: SoCal on Nov 7, 2009 at 09:26 AM
    Awwwwww! *sniff* :-) My mom lost her wedding rings on the beach when I was a child. She cried & cried after we had rushed back and searched for over and hr. w/ the help of passers-by. Then went home & disappeared in the bdrm to cry more. Dad thot she had been harmed when he got home, she was so upset. He called Radio Shack and said DONT CLOSE! & rushed to get a metal detector (fairly new toy back then) & they went to the beach to search again with the tide soon coming in. They dug up soda can tabs galore for hours, and finally found the spot, amazingly. She grabbed her diamond & put it on her finger as a wave was coming in. They never found her wedding band but she said the engagement ring was the one she cherished the most so that was a happy end to what felt like a tragedy. Im surprised they found even one w/out any real landmarks. I love when near-impossible things like this happen.
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