CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Leslie Thomas thought she would never see her wedding ring again after she lost it on Saturday. But thanks to a 6-year-old boy, the precious item was found and has been returned.
Thomas, who was married in February 2012, lost her ring Saturday while at the eighth annual Boulevard Rod Run & Doo Wop in Charleston. She said she had taken the ring off and had put it in her purse. It was late Saturday evening when she discovered her ring was missing.
"Once I noticed it was gone, I immediately emailed all the contacts listed on the Boulevard Rod Run & Doo Wop website, as well as posted a status on the Rod Run Facebook page," Thomas said.
Thomas had also published a picture of the missing ring on the Facebook page. The ring has an estimated value of $4,000.
"I didn't know if I would get it back," she said. "I walked up and down the Boulevard on Saturday and then we went out to dinner that evening. I didn't know exactly where I had lost it."
That same day, 6-year-old Owen Jeffries was walking near Magic Island, which is on the Kanawha Boulevard near the I-64 Bridge. Jeffries was kicking some rocks when he discovered the ring. He picked it up and handed it to his mother, Susan Jeffries.
"He handed it to me and I stuck it in my pocket. I didn't make a scene because I didn't want people claiming it was their ring," Susan Jeffries said. "After I let my son play on the playground, we went home and I washed the ring."
Susan Jeffries' brother, Jason Rutledge, is a board member for the Boulevard Rod Run & Doo Wop. She contacted him and asked him if they had a list of lost and found items. She told Rutledge about the ring her son had found.
"My sister sent me a message with a photo of the ring she had found and I compared that picture to the one posted by Leslie on the Facebook page," Rutledge said. "It was a match and I immediately contacted Leslie to let her know we had it."
Thomas, Owen and Susan Jeffries and Rutledge met up Monday night. Thomas greeted Owen Jeffries with a big hug and was elated to have her ring back.
"I was so happy," Thomas said. "The ring has a lot of sentimental value to it."
Contact writer John Gibb at john.g...@dailymail.com or 304-348-1796.