BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — UPDATE: The owner of an heirloom wedding band found at Regions Field on May 5 has been found.
Rob Roden was reunited with the ring Monday afternoon after his wife saw a picture of it posted on a social media site.
“It was actually my grandfather’s ring,” Roden said. “He passed away, but my grandmother is still alive so we used his ring in the wedding.”
ORIGINAL: On Sunday, May 5, 2013 hundreds of baseball fans filled the seats at Regions Field to see the Birmingham Barons take on the Chattanooga Lookouts.
In a grassy area behind center field, a little league team was having a party when a five-year-old boy stumbled upon a shiny gold wedding band. When his mother looked closely at the band, she noticed initials and the date 4/21/41 inscribed on the inside.
She dropped the ring off at the lost and found. But before turning it in, she snapped a photo. A picture of the ring has since been posted on Facebook, including that of the Birmingham Baron’s and CBS 42, where thousands have shared the photo of the ring, that represents 72 years of marriage, in hopes of finding its owner.
Just a day before on May 4, 2012, Rob Roden and his wife were at Regions Field for a company picnic.
“It was a family fun atmosphere, playing with children and all of a sudden I noticed my ring was missing,” said Roden.
As if losing his wedding ring wasn’t enough, Rob and his wife celebrated their one year anniversary the day after he lost the ring. Thanks to a good samaritan and the wonders of social media, Rob picked up his once lost wedding band, the next day.
CBS 42′s Tiffany Westry spoke to the Hoover woman who turned the ring in after her son found it. She did not want to go on camera, but was happy to hear that the ring had been returned. She says, after seeing the date on the ring she knew it was incredibly important to whoever lost it and wanted to do what she could to help find its owner.