Missing Ring Found
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In this Nov. 30, 2018 image taken from surveillance video provided by the New York City Police Department, a man tries to see the engagement ring that he dropped down a utility grate on New York's Times Square. The New York City Police Department says the man was proposing to his girlfriend just before midnight Friday when he dropped the ring and it fell about eight feet down the utility grate. Police were initially unable to locate the ring Friday night but found it on Saturday morning. The couple did not provide their contact information but the NYPD would like to reunite them with the ring. (NYPD via AP)

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NEW YORK — The once anonymous English couple who lost an engagement ring down a Times Square utility grate thanked the New York Police Department for finding it.

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.

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Missing Ring Found
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In this Dec. 1, 2018 photo provided by the New York City Police Department, an engagement ring recovered by the NYPD below a Times Square utility grate is shown in New York. Police say a man was proposing to his girlfriend just before midnight Friday when he dropped the ring and it fell about eight feet down a utility grate. Police were initially unable to find the ring on Friday night when the couple sought their assistance but located it Saturday morning. The couple did not leave their contact information and the NYPD would like to reunite them with their ring. (NYPD via AP)

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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 asked for help, but police officers were initially unsuccessful at getting the ring out and the couple left for England without leaving their names or contact information. Drennan even bought a second ring shortly after arriving at the airport.

Meanwhile, NYPD officers continued their search and on Saturday morning they finally located the ring on top of the garbage about eight feet (2.4 meters) underground.

In an effort to identify the anonymous couple, the NYPD put out a video message on social media showing them searching for the ring before police had arrived. Drennan is seen on his stomach peering through the grate.

Drennan told the newspaper they had planned to keep the lost ring a secret, but a friend forwarded him the police Twitter message. Drennan then called New York police on Sunday

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