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Engagement ring returns after 15-year sewer trip

Posted: Sunday, January 05, 2003

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) -- Call it the diamond in the rough.

Fifteen years after Diane Kurtz lost her engagement ring, it was returned to her by a Hartford sewage treatment plant worker who found it at the bottom of a wastewater drainage pool.

Kurtz, of New Hartford, believes the rings fell down a sink drain in a bathroom. Kurtz and her husband, Michael, think the rings were pumped out of their septic tank by a contractor who took the waste to the treatment plant.

Bill Zuerblis, a treatment operator at the Metropolitan District Commission's sewage treatment plant in Hartford, found the rings, then did some detective work to find the Kurtzes.

''He was asking me if I lost anything," said Diane Kurtz, who thought someone had found car keys she lost earlier the same day. ''Finally it dawns on me. My heart started pounding, and I said, 'He found my wedding ring!'''

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