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Mystery of wedding rings tied to balloons solved

Mystery Of Wedding Rings Tied To Balloons Solved

In early July, two boys in Alabama found an engagement ring and a wedding ring attached to two deflated helium balloons that fell right into their yard -- and their discovery started a search for the rings' owner.



Melany Weeks, whose sons found the rings, told AL.com that she originally believed the balloons were left over from a neighbor's birthday party. However, when she sent her sons out to put the balloons in the trash, they were shocked to find the rings attached without a note.

Weeks turned the rings over to the local police department and spread word on social media and in the local newspaper, the Journal Record, about what she found.

It wasn't until WBRC reported on the rings almost two weeks after and asked for information about the mystery owner on its Facebook page that a woman came forward saying the rings were hers.

Caley Burkett and her fiancé, Stiles Blevins, explained to the outlet that the rings were from Burkett's previous marriage.

"Letting go, you know, of the past. You don't need something like that," Burkett said.

"We didn't want money for them. Just that night we came home after a bonfire about 12:30, maybe 1, walked to the bottom of the hill and let them go," Blevins added.

We have to say, we think Burkett took the mature route when it came time to say goodbye to reminders of a past relationship.

In fact, eHarmony advises all people getting out of failed relationships to get rid of any reminders of their exes and start fresh. It also encourages people to stay active, spend time with friends and not rush into a new relationship too quickly.

As for the rings, Burkett told WBRC she doesn't want them back. She and Blevins are set to tie the knot this Halloween.

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hawtree July 23 2014 at 8:08 AM

I wish that instead of tying the rings to balloons and letting them go they should have donated them to charity of their choice. Balloons are ingested by wildlife and cause them great harm.

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maureen hawtree July 23 2014 at 8:58 AM

Balloons blow don't let them go!
Balloonsblow.org and on Facebook Balloons blow

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rothhammer1 July 23 2014 at 5:57 AM

Kudos to the finder of the rings for seeking out the owner.

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alfredschrader July 23 2014 at 6:53 AM

If you ever have this problem, send them to me. I'll use them to buy bread for the food bank.

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onionson July 23 2014 at 6:01 AM

Another story that lacks information. It would have been interesting to know how far the rings made it. After seeing the groom, it would have been interesting to see what that girl traded up from.

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pvevans01191980 onionson July 23 2014 at 8:59 AM

So you base your opinions of people on their looks. How very shallow of you.

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tony onionson July 23 2014 at 12:41 PM

He can`t talk worth a crap either

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cdrewparks889 July 23 2014 at 6:08 AM

Wish I had enough money to toss out old jewelry.

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slackwarerobert cdrewparks889 July 23 2014 at 3:35 PM

So much for that mail us your gold commercials.
Maybe the rings were worthless pot metal

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coopdabomb July 23 2014 at 6:31 AM

Typical. Why not give them back to the guy who paid for them. I think it's a WAR ON MEN

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Steve-a-rino July 23 2014 at 9:11 AM

It's called littering. Your festive balloons are someone else's trash and THEY have to pick it up and dispose of it. I find hundreds of these stupid Mylar things in the woods everywhere I go (from Labrador, Canada, to the Florida Keys). Find some other way to express yourself besides filling the great outdoors with trash.

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mouse Steve-a-rino July 23 2014 at 3:00 PM

Just think about what a good industry could be created if someone figured out a way to create dissolvable balloons that added nutrients to the soil and didn't harm fish!

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slackwarerobert Steve-a-rino July 23 2014 at 3:40 PM

Did you know that poison control doesn't even know if it is toxic to eat those?
Maybe they use them to tag the bales of coke and pot? Would make finding the tossed bundles easier when you go back to get them.

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poll100 July 23 2014 at 11:33 AM

So use balloons and pollute the atmosphere then when they fall into the ocean the sea life can choke.

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Majesty poll100 July 23 2014 at 12:56 PM

blah blah blah

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slackwarerobert poll100 July 23 2014 at 4:32 PM

Damn, now I got to go release DOZENS of balloons. I didn't know you got a air pollution in the same rubber ball. I always just thought it killed turtles.

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nebrostx July 23 2014 at 10:55 AM

I get the symbolism and letting go is healthy. But when will people learn not to launch balloons into the environment ??????

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slackwarerobert nebrostx July 23 2014 at 4:35 PM

maybe it was the 200,000 balloons obama let go that confuses them. If god does it........

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editbest2 slackwarerobert July 23 2014 at 5:37 PM

I am so tired of reading these inance comments after a news article. The majority of people have no clue on how to discuss a topic. It appears that all people know how to do is to bash the current president. I saw the same crap when it was Bush, Clinton, Bush, etc. I understand that the American people lost faith in their leaders during the 60s and 70s due to all the deceit, indescrepancies, and assassinations, but let's move on!

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editbest2 slackwarerobert July 23 2014 at 5:38 PM

I meant to write "inane" below...typo

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parksle2 July 23 2014 at 7:21 AM

Apparently on the surface this country has a serious problem with immigration quality into this country. We have our own misfits and underachievers without allowing this into the country!

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