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A lost wedding ring found under the boards of the Clearwater restaurant

The couple turned to Better Call Behnken for help

CLEARWATER, Fla. (WFLA) — Miranda and Tim Hogan have finally found a missing wedding ring after losing it at a Clearwater restaurant nearly a year ago.

“I almost lost hope,” said Miranda Hogan. “I just can’t believe it.”

The couple got married in Clearwater Beach, then shared a meal with family and friends on the terrace of Cooter’s restaurant last March. This is where Tim’s ring slipped off his finger and fell between the planks of the bridge.

Tim has been wearing a silicone ring ever since and was hoping to get his ring back at least for their first anniversary.

The couple and wedding photographer Steve Rivers turned to Better Call Behnken for help after they said they encountered roadblocks looking for the ring. Coordinating the removal of decking boards in a busy restaurant was not easy.

Investigator Shannon Behnken called the restaurant. The restaurant owner then contacted Rivers and arranged for the boards to be taken before the restaurant opened. Our Better Call Behnken camera was there when it happened.

At first, it didn’t seem promising. Beads, a Frisbee and a fork were found under the boards.

Then Rivers spotted something else: the ring.

Behnken called Miranda on a video call so she could be part of the experience.

“I’m so glad you guys are,” she said. “It’s incredible.”

The only thing left to do is return the ring to the Minnesota Hogans. Miranda happens to have a friend visiting the Tampa Bay area next month and plans to pick him up from the wedding photographer and take him back.

The couple knew it was their ring because it was engraved “This” on the band. The “this” represented what the couple referred to as their relationship when they were dating.