A men’s wedding ring, found in a Redding parking lot during Black Friday shopping, has been returned to its rightful owner.
Chris Behnke claimed his wedding band this week, a few days after it slipped off his finger while he was shopping.
"We were doing some shopping and figured I'd wear it," said Behnke. "I'm used to wearing a ring, didn't even notice it was gone."
Behnke had to break the bad news to his bride once he realized what happened. The couple was married in August.
"She obviously wasn't happy but she wasn't upset with me, she knew it was a little loose.”
Fortunately for the newlyweds a Redding woman had found the ring the same day it was lost. Her son George Cueva joined the effort to track down the rightful owner.
"One of the reasons why I really wanted to give it back, is because it's a pretty early marriage,” said Cueva.
Cueva posted information on Craigslist describing the found ring, hoping someone would know the owner.
KRCR News Channel 7 picked up the story on Tuesday, airing video of the ring and Cueva’s hunt for the rightful owner. The story mentioned the names engraved on the ring, Chris and Corina. Behnke's brother saw the story, and gave him a call.
"He asked me if I lost my ring and I thought it was a joke at first, because I didn't tell him," said Behnke. "And sure enough, he said 'it's on the news brother.’ And there it was, Chris and Corina."
By the next morning, Behnke called to claim his band of silver and gold.
Before turning over the ring, Cueva requested one key piece of information he had withheld, the wedding date engraved inside the ring.
"If somebody came up with the date, then I knew it was them," said Cueva.
Behnke had no trouble remembering his special day, forever etched in his wedding band and in his heart.
"I knew it by heart, favorite day of my life,” Behnke said with a grin.