Engagement ring returned to Indianapolis man who lost it while en route to propose

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — An engagement ring lost by an Indianapolis man on the way to propose to his girlfriend was returned, thanks to a pair of Good Samaritans.

Justin Hart reached out to FOX59 on Wednesday, saying he lost the custom-made ring Tuesday night while riding his bike downtown. He was on the way to propose to his girlfriend of over 10 years. He spent several hours retracing his path with no luck.

Thursday, Hart said the ring had been returned, thanks to Good Samaritans Michael Denson and Denson’s friend, who chose to remain anonymous.

Hart said he was grateful for the support he and his now-fiancé received. He sent FOX59 this statement:

We are very appreciative of all you and your team at Fox59 did in helping us. We are very pleased to inform you that the ring has been returned!  Humanity has prevailed and thanks to Good Samaritans Michael Denson and his friend who wants to remain anonymous, we have been reunited with the ring.  These two individuals exemplify what it is to be a true Hoosier and we are so grateful for the support, sympathy, and love we received from family, friends, and the community, plus all of the people that reached out from everywhere in the U.S. to bring us comfort.

We know that there are far worse tragedies that people deal with everyday than losing a materialistic thing (as one kind sole shared her similar story and reminded us that it might be one of the worst things to lose, buts it’s still just a thing). Hopefully our story will bring some comfort to those in need and know that there are people who care so don’t be afraid to ask for help because you just never know.

Thank you Michael Denson and his caring friend, local law enforcement, and everyone else that was involved in retrieving the ring, sharing our story, and extending a helping hand.

Indianapolis rules,

Justin M Hart and a very happy fiancé Yvonne Rodriguez.