Social media success: NYPD finds diamond ring, then couple that dropped it during proposal


NYPD finds the engagement ring after a proposal attempt goes south on the streets of Times Square.

An engagement ring unceremoniously fumbled down a Manhattan utility grate during a proposal gone sideways was easier to find than the romantic couple who dropped it.

The ring mystery set off a social media manhunt, and New York’s finest proudly announced Sunday they had their man – and woman.

The couple asked police for help Friday night after a man dropped the ring while attempting the proposal in Times Square. Initial efforts to find the ring failed, and the couple left the scene, police said.

On Saturday, however, a police Special Operations team went back in and found the ring. But no one had obtained a name or contact information from the couple. 

“We have your ring!” the police department tweeted. The department asked for help in finding the couple whose proposal “went horribly wrong.”

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When there was no immediate response from the duo, the would-be husband became the subject of an intense, if tongue-in-cheek, manhunt.

“WANTED for dropping his fiancée’s ring in @TimesSquareNYC!,” police posted on Twitter. “She said Yes – but he was so excited that he dropped the ring in a grate.”

Police sought the public’s help in returning the ring. They have even posted video of the couple that shows the man peering down in to the grate. They also posted multiple photos of the ring.

“Our special operations officers worked hard to rescue it and would like to return it to the happy couple,” police said in a statement. “Can you help us find them?”

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

— NYPD NEWS (@NYPDnews) December 1, 2018

The unidentified male was 5’8″ or 5’9”, 150-160 pounds with short brown hair and a manicured beard, police said. The woman is 5′ 5” with blond hair. 

“We would like to thank everyone who shared this story!” police said in a tweet. “The (now) happy couple is back in their home country, but thanks to your retweets they heard we were looking for them! We’re making arrangements to get them their ring back. Congratulations!”

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