A Las Vegas couple are thanking a kind stranger for reuniting them with a lost wedding band.
Sheryl and Bob Smith were vacationing in Florida to celebrate their 35th anniversary. While relaxing on Pensacola Beach, Sheryl lost her wedding band.
"We were getting ready to leave the beach and when I got ready to get up to take my beach shoes, the water shoes to shake them out, my ring slipped off," Sheryl told MyNews3.
After an hour-long search, the ring seemed lost forever.
Markus Weise, a German tourist nearby, suggested the couple seek help from a man with a metal detector. They did. Weise joined the search.
Eventually, the Smiths gave up. They thanked Weise for his help and gave him a pamphlet from their church in Las Vegas. If he was ever in their city, they wanted him to look them up.
After the Smiths left the beach, Weise kept searching for the ring.
"I felt like I was driven by something I really couldn't recognize, something just pulled me to keep going, you've got to find that ring, so I kept on going even though it took a lot of time," he said.
A few hours later, he found the ring buried in the sand.
He tracked down the couple using the church pamphlet. The Smiths drove to Utah this weekend to meet with Wiese — and reunite with the lost ring — before he returns to Germany.
"I am so thankful that he is honest and loyal to contact our church. You don't find people like that," Sheryl told MyNews3, "I told him, you know this was all God that God used him to find that ring, I felt God is real, he does answer prayers."
Wiese joins the growing list of ring-finding heroes.
Calgary man Kevin Niefer makes a living as a ring detective, using metal detectives to help find lost wedding rings.
In New York this summer, a parks worker dug through garbage to find a woman's lost wedding ring.
In Idaho, sewer workers reunited a woman with the diamond ring she flushed down the toilet 18 months earlier.
And in Florida, a determined husband searched through landfill to find his wife's $10,000 ring.