Widow Reunited With Wedding Ring

Ring found in used car

Friday, Jun 22, 2012  |  Updated 11:35 AM CDT
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After weeks of searching, a wedding band found in a used car is back with its rightful owner.

Tom DuHain

After weeks of searching, a wedding band found in a used car is back with its rightful owner.

A California couple has reunited a decades-old wedding ring with its owner's widow with the help of three media organizations.

Shannon and Steve Callahan found the ring three weeks ago in their car, which they bought used this year in Sacramento.

The car's previous owners had purchased it at a dealership in El Paso, Texas, before moving to California. So Shannon Callahan contacted the El Paso Times to spread the word.

The Associated Press distributed the Texas newspaper's story nationally, which piqued the Sacramento Bee's interest. The Bee got help from the Texas dealership to find the owners, Thomas and Darlene King.

"The search was worth it. Three weeks of looking and contacts and talking to people to try to find Miss Darlene so we could return the ring to her," said Shannon.

King lives 50 miles from the Callahans -- a short distance after the long search that finally brought them together on Wednesday, when they returned the ring.

"Mr. and Mrs. Callahan were so honest about it. They could have just kept it or whatever, you know?" said King.

King told NBC News she now plans to send the ring to her son in Oregon, as a rememberance of his father.

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