Couple reunites with lost ring thanks to good Samaritan, police

LAWNDALE, Calif. -- A bride-to-be has been reunited with her lost engagement ring thanks to an incredible chain of events.

Miriam Castellanos, who never thought she'd see her ring again, has it back because of a good Samaritan, a dedicated cop and a thorough jeweler.

Castellanos and her fiance, Edgar Macias, have only been engaged for a few months. He proposed in September with a beautiful $15,000 ring.

On Saturday morning, Castellanos lost the ring while pumping gas at a Costco in Hawthorne before heading to a family wedding in Mexico.

"I pumped the gas, I decided to check the oil and put in a quart of oil," said Castellanos.

She initially thought she had left the ring in her jewelry box, but when she came home Sunday night, she realized it must have slipped off her finger.

Denise Wood spotted the ring on the ground while pumping gas at Costco. She took it home and called El Segundo police.

Officer Ken Cheng decided to take the ring to a local jeweler, who found its serial number, which led to the couple.

"Our detectives did a follow-up. Through exhaustive search, they were able to find the owner," said Cheng.

The Lawndale couple says they are grateful to everyone involved.

"I'm really thankful for them putting in the time and going out of their way. They didn't have to do that," said Macias.

Castellanos says she's never taking off the ring again.

"It can get dirty all it wants," Castellanos.

The couple, who has been dating since 2009, plans to personally thank the woman who found the ring and the officer who went above and beyond to help ensure their happily-ever-after.

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