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Woman Pleads For Help After Losing $32K Ring At San Jose Airport

SAN JOSE (CBS SF) -- A Southern California woman offered a plea for help Thursday, almost a week after after accidentally leaving her engagement ring behind at the San Jose Mineta International Airport.

Libby Dahl is afraid she may never see the ring valued at $32,000 ever again.

"The symbol of what happened that day is now gone that's really heartbreaking," said Dahl, speaking via Facetime from her home in Southern California.

Dahl recounted the day she lost what she describes as one of her most important possessions.

"So we got to the airport. We were outside waiting for an Uber and I ran into the bathroom real quick," said Dahl.

She went to the women's restroom near the baggage claim in Terminal B. She said the soap was making her ring loose, so she set it down.

That was when she got a call from her Uber driver.

"The Uber driver called to say he was there, we needed to hurry up, so I just grabbed my bags and ran outside," said Dahl.

By the time Libby realized the white gold 3.25-karat ring with 1.2-karat diamonds around it wasn't on her finger, it was too late.

"No one had turned it in and when I got there it was gone," she lamented.

Stan Phillips has worked at the information desk at Mineta for eight years. He says he's seen it all when it comes to the lost and found.

"iPhones, laptops, jackets, hats," said Phillips. But he said he could not recall a ring.

"We fill out the lost and found tag that we attach to the item and we stick it in the box," explained Phillips. "Nobody's turned in her ring yet."

Phillips did say, however, that he sees a lot of honest people who turn in lost items. Now Dahl hopes someone will see her story and hear it in her voice that she'd like to say "I do" with the ring her fiancé gave her on Christmas Day.

"I'm just going to hold on for longer to see if somebody turns it in, said Dahl. I'm still hoping I can have the original back."


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