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Lost treasure recovered during air system cleanup

By: Tamara Evans Email
By: Tamara Evans Email

When one couple decided to have their air ducts cleaned they never thought they'd find more than dust! The Lexington husband and wife were shocked when a precious item turned up 38 years after they lost it.

Bill and Pat Moss have been married for 54 years.

"We were just kids. I was in my 20's and she had just turned 18. We were very young", says Bill Moss.

They say they'll never forget that day, or for Pat the ring she wore.

"We were putting my luggage in his car and he just handed me over the box like that and i opened it up and there it was", says Pat Moss.

"I had got out of the service and couldn't afford a big diamond, but this was the first ring I was able to buy for her", says Bill Moss.

Nearly sixteen years later as Pat was getting ready for work by the sink in her bathroom wiping her hands on a towel, the ring fell to the ground when she took it off.

"It rolled down the vent", Pat Moss says.

"I could never get my hand down far enough or with the vacuum or anything", says Bill Moss.

Her engagement ring was gone.

"Later when he could he bought me another one, but it wasn't the same", says Pat Moss.

That was until today. Two employees with Commonwealth Cleaning were cleaning out the duct vents in the home. Bill Moss made the two men aware of his wife's missing treasure. They made it their mission.

"Before we leave we're gonna try to find this and get this out of here", says Chris Keemle.

"I was thinking it'd be buried under 20 plus years of dust and we wouldn't be able to find it", says Noel Gribbins with Commonwealth Cleaning.

Somehow, to the surprise of Pat and Bill Moss, the ring was finally found after 38 years.

"I didn't want to cry and make them think I'm a silly old woman", says Pat Moss.

"A diamonds a diamond. They're a girls best friend", says Bill Moss.

A memory and treasure they now have back 38 years later.

"You're back where you belong. That was my main thought, and I won't lose you again", says Pat Moss.

Pat Moss says she plans to put the ring away so she doesn't lose it again and will one day pass it on to family.

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