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Lost ring found after 42 years

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va., June 4 (UPI) -- A Virginia man who lost his wedding ring while washing his car 42 years ago says his son found it in the family's backyard.

Paul Sawyer, 63, of Virginia Beach, said his wife, Ruth Ann, 61, refused to believe he had accidentally lost the ring when he noticed it missing after washing his car in 1966, the year after the couple's wedding, The (Norfolk) Virginian-Pilot reported Thursday.

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"You threw it away," he quoted her as saying. "You just didn't want the girls you used to hang with to know you were married."

Sawyer said his wife was finally proven wrong late last month when their oldest son, Paul Jr., found the ring caked in dirt several inches deep in the soil of their backyard. Sawyer said he cried when he saw the ring.

"The prettiest thing I've ever seen," Sawyer said. "After all this time, I finally have it back."

Sawyer said his son's discovery finally resolved his 42-year-old argument with Ruth Ann.

"I finally proved her wrong. I really didn't throw it away," he said.

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