Couple Has Another Reason to Be Happy: NYPD Finds Engagement Ring, Pair

What to Know

  • Police have located a man who accidentally dropped an engagement ring through a grate in Times Square as he was proposing to his girlfriend
  • Officers weren't able to fish the ring out before the couple left the country. When they retrieved it, they launched a search for the couple
  • On Sunday, the NYPD said it had found the couple and planned to get the ring back to them

A couple who lost their engagement ring in a late-night Times Square fumble got some happy news on Sunday: Police recovered the ring and found the happy, if unlucky, couple. 

John Drennan and Daniella Anthony tweeted on Sunday how happy and grateful they were that officers found the ring, which they thought had been lost forever.

The NYPD had been looking for them since Saturday, after getting the ring out of the grate. He proposed to her in Central Park and she said it slipped off her finger and fell into the Times Square grate late Friday night.

"I was devastated," Anthony told The New York Times. "I was literally crying. It was the worst moment of my life."

They had asked officers to help retrieve the ring on Friday, but after about an hour of searching the cops abandoned the effort. The couple left without giving their names. 

Officers went back the next morning, lifted up the grate and descended into the muck below to resume the search. With the help of daylight, they found the glittering ring almost immediately. 

"It wasn't hard to find, just a small object on top of all that garbage," said Officer Joseph Bacchignano. He said he went into the hole because he's "a bit more nimble." 

The NYPD posted photos of the pair on social media in an attempt to locate them. 

"Our @NYPDSpecialops officers rescued [the ring] & would like to return it to the happy couple. Help us find them?" the NYPD tweeted on Saturday. 

On Sunday, the department said it had found the couple. 

"We would like to thank everyone who shared this story!" it tweeted. "The (now) happy couple is back in their home country, but thanks to your retweets they heard we were looking for them!"

"We're making arrangements to get them their ring back," it added. 

It wasn't immediately clear how the ring would be returned, but Bacchignano offered this message: "Congratulations on the engagement!"

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