BRAINTREE, Mass. — A Dedham woman is making a tearful plea for her missing wedding ring. She took it off to dry her hands at a Braintree movie theater and forgot it. When she came back 10 minutes later, it was gone.
She went to the AMC movie theater in Braintree with excitement to see Toy Story 4 with her daughter last weekend and left with a sinking feeling in her chest not over what she saw in the theatre, but what she didn’t see in the bathroom.
It’s a day that will forever be sacred in her heart.
"It does feel like yesterday, and then I think about how long we’ve been together," said Sarah Smegal.
More than 13 years after her wedding day, Smegal cherishes her wedding ring as a symbol of that eternal vow.
Smegal’s finger has been ringless since Saturday morning, mid-way through the movie when she went for a popcorn refill and quick bathroom break.
"Washed my hands, took the ring off so I could dry my hands better underneath," she recounts. "The hand drier I went to use didn’t work, then I got distracted."
When Smegal sat back down with her 4-year-old daughter, she had a revelation that induced instant panic.
"I was going down to the seats," she remembers. "And I dropped the popcorn off and I ran back to the bathroom and it was gone."
A devastating disappearing act she says happened in less than 10 minutes. After reporting the missing ring to cinema staff and filing a police report, Smegal is channeling desperation and raw emotion in her quest to get it back.
"I don't care if you took the stone out already and just anonymous mail in the ring," she said. "I just want the ring."
Knowing that wish may never come true Smegal says she’s trying to focus on what she and her husband have built since that special day in December of 2006,
"I don't know what else to do," she said. "I'm trying to get part of me ready to let it go."
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