Grate Job! NYPD Finds Engagement Ring Lost in Sewer

She said yes!—and after that, probably something unprintable.

It must have seemed like the ultimate romantic gesture. During a recent trip to New York City, an Englishman got down on one knee and proposed in the heart of heartless Times Square.

And yet, the man was so excited to ask for his intended’s hand that the ring slipped out of his—and rolled into a nearby sewer grate.

The couple turned to the New York City Police Department (NYPD) for assistance. Officers searched the sewer and didn’t turn up anything. The following morning, they went back and looked again. This time, they got lucky.

“Fortunately, [the ring] was actually kind of sitting on top of all of that stuff, so it really wasn’t hard to find,” said Det. Joseph Bucchignano, according to the Associated Press. “It was just a small object like that in the midst of all the garbage.”

But by this point the NYPD had lost something else: the couple. They had returned to the England without supplying their names or contact information.

Yesterday, the NYPD’s Twitter feed sent out a message that the man was “WANTED—for dropping a ring.”

The message got 30,000 retweets, and today the NYPD announced that, thanks to Twitter’s help, the couple will be getting their ring back—though one hopes the NYPD will clean it first.

The couple even appeared in a tweet to toast everyone who helped track them down.

The groom-to-be later added: “I cannot thank you enough, although I will try…. A few cold beers when we come back to NYC … [Y]ou will definitely get a mention at our wedding!”


John Drennan can take some solace knowing he is not the first person to drop a ring while proposing—or even the first to have it roll into a sewer. For more stories like this, see “Five Blown Proposals Where the Guy Lost the Diamond.”

(Photo courtesy of the New York City Police Department)

JCK News Director