It’s a tale of lost and found in the digital age; a Winnipeg woman who lost her wedding ring thought it was long gone when it turned up in an unexpected place.
Susan Hrabliuk’s wedding ring slipped off on a Winnipeg street several weeks ago.
She spent time retracing her steps and searching for the ring, which is a combination of her engagement ring, wedding band and first anniversary ring all soldered together, but couldn’t find it.
"I thought my ring was gone," said Hrabliuk.
So, in a last-ditch effort to uncover it, Hrabliuk took a look at the lost and found ads on Kijiji.
That’s when she spotted an ad for a ring found on Corydon Avenue, so she decided to give the poster a call.
Rhonda Friesen answered the phone, and the pair arranged to talk over video chat that night.
"I couldn’t believe it!" said Hrabliuk.
"Here she is holding up my ring. Yeah, I couldn’t believe it."
The woman’s 13-year-old son Noah Gagawchuk found the ring, and the pair put the found ad up on Kijiji.
'Here she is holding up my ring. Yeah, I couldn’t believe it.'—Susan Hrabliuk
Noah said he was visiting his dad in Winnipeg and was walking down Corydon with friends when they spotted it in a snowbank.
His friends told him they thought the ring was fake.
"[One of his friends] didn't think it was worth anything so he tossed it at Noah, and Noah looked at it and put it in his pocket and brought it home," said Friesen.
When he told his mom about the find, they decided they would try and find the owner.
"It felt good to know that we actually found somebody, and they found the ring," said Gagawchuk.
Hrabluk ended up giving Noah a $200 reward for returning the ring.
"When I think about it, I get all choked up because I didn’t think I would see this ring again," said Hrabliuk.