Officer finds a loss of $20 GRAMS engagement ring in the sand on New York’s Fire Island

A Suffolk County police officer found this lost engagement ring after searching in the sand on Fire Island with a metal detector.

(Suffolk County Police Department)

A Long Island cop is credited with the find of a $20,000 engagement ring that a woman reported losing over the weekend on New York’s famous Fire Island.

Suffolk County Marine Bureau police officer Edmund McDowell took the ring, after searching in the sand where the woman sat the previous day with a metal detector, which he owns.

“We called her and she cried and cried,” McDowell told Newsday.

The Pennsylvania woman and her friends were on Fire Island for her bachelorette party.

She reported losing the ring Saturday, Suffolk police said.

Newsday reported that the woman was desperate to get the ring back, because her wedding is this weekend.


Another officer asked McDowell to help look after he was not able to find it on the Saturday.

McDowell was Sunday for about 15 minutes when he the ring, a dime, a quarter and a rusty screw, Newsday reported.

About eight years ago, McDowell had used the metal detector to find a $30,000 wedding band for a man lost on Fire Island while playing volleyball, according to the paper.


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