Sewer worker on surprising discovery: 'She lost a beautiful ring'

Sewer worker on surprising discovery: 'She lost a beautiful ring'
Travis Fleming, left, and Carey Knight of the city of Kuna.
KUNA, Idaho (KBOI) - If there's a Kuna woman out there who lost a beautiful diamond ring down the drain, today might be your lucky day.

Your real lucky day.

Last week, Kuna city sewer workers discovered a gorgeous diamond wedding ring while performing routine maintenance in the Goldcreek subdivision.

"I thought it was fake at first," said Carey Knight, a waste water operator who discovered the ring. "After I got it cleaned up I could tell it was real."

Knight and co-worker Travis Fleming have both been on the job for more than eight years. And, not surprisingly, they've never found anything like this before.

On a typical sewer line, workers find all sorts of odd things inside their filter basket after a neighborhood cleaning. Usually crews find loose change, cheap children's jewelry and a spare nail clipper or two.

But this piece of jewelry stands alone.

"This is by far the most rare thing we've ever found," Fleming said. "It was like wow."

How it ended up in the sewer line is anyone's guess. It easily could have been there five days or five years - that's just how a sewer line works and what makes the ring's story even that more intriguing.

Did a Kuna woman accidentally drop it while flushing the toilet? Did an unsuspecting child snoop in their parent's bedroom and play hide and seek? Or, maybe, it's the story of a marriage that went to divorce and a flush down the toilet seemed fitting.

 A city of Kuna employee wears the ring - hiding the top half out of sight.

The problem is nobody really knows.

"Kids are fascinated with water going down the toilet," Fleming said.

But Fleming does have a small lead. A couple of years ago, he received a phone call from a woman who said she lost a ring. He and some co-workers did what they could, but came up short in the end.

"I told her that the chances of finding it were slim to none," he said.

Since the woman's phone call, a lot has changed in the sewer cleaning business.

The city recently upgraded equipment to make the cleaning process more effective. And it made finding the ring last week possible. The basket is such an effective tool that it collects nearly 90 percent of the debris that filters through, city workers say.

Fleming and Knight took the diamond ring to the mayor's office the next day. Their honesty didn't go unnoticed by Kuna mayor Greg Nelson.

"(It's nice to know) that we have honest and caring employees that actually are trying to get the ring back to its owner," Nelson told KBOI-TV.

So, what makes this ring so spectacular? So beautiful? Well, the mayor's office doesn't want characteristics getting disclosed in order to find the rightful owner. That's why we're only showing you the wedding band.

But it is beautiful.

Fleming and Knight were a little shy talking about their discovery. They weren't too keen on telling the story with cameras rolling.

But they're also intrigued just like the rest of us. They want to know who owns the ring and how it ended up where it did. They want to hear the rest of the story and help find the true owner.

"Hopefully they'll get it back," Fleming said. "I'm sure it's quite valuable and sentimental to them."

For now, Fleming and Knight are back at work cleaning the city sewer lines finding more and more loose change. But they're happy and hopeful the rest of this diamond ring story will eventually get told.

"Some lady was probably really distraught," Knight said. "She lost a beautiful ring."


Think the ring is yours? Call the Kuna City Hall at 922-5546 with a description. City Hall says you'll have a better case if you have a photograph of you wearing the ring.