New York Police Find Lost Ring Couple After Putting Online Investigators to Work
'He should have put a string on it.'
Image credits: NYPD News / Twitter
New York Police Department's online hunt for a mystery couple, who had lost their engagement ring at Times Square, has come to a successful end.
Recently, a man decided to go down on his knees to ask the love of his life to marry him. Within seconds, he was seen getting down on both his knees and hands after he lost hold of the engagement ring on a sidewalk near the Olive Garden at Times Square.
This was when the NYPD stepped in and sent out a plea to online 'investigators' on Twitter. The department posted a video of the unsuccessful proposal caught on tape.
"WANTED for dropping his fiancée's ring in Times Square! She said Yes- but he was so excited that he dropped the ring in a grate," the NYPD News tweeted Saturday. " ... Officers rescued it & would like to return it to the happy couple."
WANTED for dropping his fiancée’s ring in @TimesSquareNYC! She said Yes - but he was so excited that he dropped the ring in a grate. Our @NYPDSpecialops officers rescued it & would like to return it to the happy couple. Help us find them? 💍 call 800-577-TIPS @NYPDTIPS @NYPDMTN pic.twitter.com/tPWg8OE0MQ— NYPD NEWS (@NYPDnews) December 1, 2018
While the investigation was still underway, several contributed by chipping in with some puns.
That’s a grate proposal!— Secret (@PsstSecret) December 2, 2018
Grate proposal... pic.twitter.com/1sJEZe4mlf— Gingerbeard Man (@James_P_Davis) December 2, 2018
He should have put a string on it.— Waiting For KonTiki (@HerbSpeaks) December 1, 2018
To make things easier for netizens, the police department also cleaned the ring and posted photos of it taped to a chair on their Twitter page.
"Here’s a photo of the ring our officers recovered (and cleaned!) Call 1-800-577-TIPS or DM @NYPDTips if you know the happy couple so we can return it to them."
In just few hours, NYPD's tweet went viral as the frantic search for the mystery couple took over the Internet. And within 24 hours of the investigation, the case was closed. All thanks to social media.
The NYPD gave the happy news and announced that the couple had been found.
"The couple that lost their engagement ring in Time Square on Friday night has been found. A special thank you to #NYPD ESU Det. Bucchignano & Glacken for their extra effort, they returned the next morning & were able to recover the💍 in a subway grading. Congrats & Best of Luck!"
The couple that lost their engagement ring in Time Square on Friday night has been found. A special thank you to #NYPD ESU Det. Bucchignano & Glacken for their extra effort, they returned the next morning & were able to recover the💍 in a subway grading. Congrats & Best of Luck! pic.twitter.com/ShUnJTYuB9— NYPD Special Ops (@NYPDSpecialops) December 2, 2018
The official account of NYPD News identified the couple as John and Daniella, in a follow-up tweet.
Thank you, Twitter. Case closed!Love, John, Daniella, and the NYPD. pic.twitter.com/G7eB1Ds7vP— NYPD NEWS (@NYPDnews) December 2, 2018
Last month, Matthew Dippel, a photographer from Michigan, had taken to his Twitter account and announced that he was looking for a couple who he had snapped at the famous Taft Point in Yosemite National park.
Dippel, who was at the Taft point to capture some panoramic photos of the sunset, happened to snap a photograph of a couple who were making their way to the cliff's edge, dressed in an immaculate suit and floor-length dress. After clicking the picture, Dippel raced around to the famous spot to try and find the couple he had photographed but, due to a lot of people queued up before him to get to the viewpoint, he was unable to locate them.
A few days later, his search came to a happy ending.
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