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Lost wedding ring found after days in parking lot

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SIOUX CITY, Iowa (KTIV) -

Last month, Rhonda Chartier was at Sioux City Paint & Decorating, grabbing some samples for her living room.

"Three types of pink, so I could check and see how it would look on the wall," said Rhonda.

She got home and got to work, but when she washed up, something was amiss.

"I ran to my husband and showed him my hands. He looked at me like, 'What am I supposed to notice?' And I pointed at my ring finger," said Rhonda.

Her wedding ring, a symbol of almost 40 years of marriage to her husband Mark, was gone.

"You can't replace it. You can not put a value to it. It's my life," said Rhonda.

The couple searched everywhere. They made phone calls to places like the paint shop. Nothing.

"I kept praying that there was a good person. An honest person," said Rhonda.

Five days later, she found one. Jim Walcott, owner of Sioux City Paint & Decorating, spotted what looked like a ball of wire in his parking lot.

"I picked it up and brought it in. I asked the girls, I said, 'Hey, I think this might be that lady's ring'," said Jim.

It was, but a car tire looked to have found it first. The ring was a mangled mess. The diamond was missing.

"I thought, 'I wonder if I could find that'," said Walcott.

Jim headed back to the parking lot and a sparkle caught his eye.

"Here was a bright shiny, glistening stone. I picked it up and brought it back in," said Walcott.

Jim's employees called Rhonda, who dropped everything and headed to the store. Her ring was damaged but she was relieved.

"I was so happy. It was unbelievable," said Rhonda.

It's an unbelievable story that taught Rhonda a very believable truth.

"Good people are there. They're out there. And I met the best," she said.

Rhonda thinks the ring slipped off her finger because it was too loose. She's given it to local jewelers, who'll restore it, and take it down a size.

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