You might want to have a box of tissues handy for this incredible story!
In 1959, Joyce Wharton's parents died in a mysterious plane crash while traveling from Portland, Ore. to Seattle. For nearly 15 years, Wharton's family searched for details of how the couple died until wreckage from their plane was found in a forest in Washington.
Wharton never expected there could be more to her parents' story — until now.
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On Sunday, Dec. 7, the Wayne, N.J. native received a phone call from a Washington state logger who said he'd found her late mother's long-lost wedding ring.
"He said 'Joyce I have your mother's ring and I've been looking for you all these years,'" Wharton told local reporter A.J. Ross in an interview with 'Q13 FOX News.'
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“I never once thought it belonged to me,” logger Nick Buchanan said of the ring he found in 1997. “I just was hoping that there was a daughter or a family member that I could turn it over to."
With the help of his nephew and a friend, Buchanan explained he was able to locate Wharton — who lives nearly 3,000 miles away from his home in Centralia, Wash. — through Ancestry.com.
"My mouth was open," Wharton said of being reunited with the lost heirloom. "I couldn't believe what I was hearing... It restores your faith in human nature, because there's so many bad things happening. And yet there are good people out there."
"The last time I saw this ring, my mother was wearing it 55 years ago," she added. "That's my Christmas miracle."
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