Camila Villafañe

By Camila Villafañe

LifeBuzz Staff

Facebook Post Leads Man To Search For Lost Engagement Ring.

Michele Arias and Doug Cotty were enjoying a wonderful Costa Rican vacation. But Doug made it even more special when he decided to get on one knee and propose to her. But their love story didn’t exactly have the happy start that they expected. The ring had vanished without a trace. Desperate to get the ring back, the couple turned to locals for help. But with each passing day and week, Michele feared that she would never be reunited with her precious ring. Then, a retiree living abroad offered to help, but would he be able to provide the couple with a happy ending?

Doug Cotty proposed to Michele Arias at the beach in Corcovado National Park in Costa Rica.

The epic moment in the Charlotte couple’s lives was captured by their tour guide. Michele said yes! But she had no idea that this life-altering moment of joy would turn to one of utter despair when the ring went missing three days later.

Doug Cotty proposed to Michele Arias at the beach in Corcovado National Park in Costa Rica.

Michele Arias

It was evident that Michele wanted to show off her impressive one-carat diamond ring.

The ring came from Doug’s mother’s family side. It had been passed down for generations, but before joining their tour guide, Michele took off her ring to apply some sunscreen. But she placed the ring in Doug’s front tank top pocket.

It was evident that Michele wanted to show off her impressive one-carat diamond ring.

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Doug decided to do the same before heading out to admire the baby Olive Ridley sea turtles in the sand.

He took his tank top off and hung it from a tree branch while he put on sunscreen. But he hadn’t realized the ring had slipped out of his pocket. Half an hour later, the couple realized that the ring had fallen out.

Doug decided to do the same before heading out to admire the baby Olive Ridley sea turtles in the sand.

Michele Arias

They spent an hour searching for the ring in the hot sand, but all they got were blisters on their feet.

An hour after that, they figured that someone had found it and kept it. This caused Michele to cry for an hour. The following day they headed back home to Charlotte. They were happy to be engaged, but the loss of the ring plagued them. The ring wasn’t insured or appraised either.

They spent an hour searching for the ring in the hot sand, but all they got were blisters on their feet.

Michele Arias

Michele wasn’t about to give up on her engagement ring, so she asked social media for some help.

She went into details of how she lost the ring at Chaman beach and hoped that someone might have seen it. She even offered a reward as an incentive. But time went by and the couple hadn’t heard anything from anyone.

Michele wasn’t about to give up on her engagement ring, so she asked social media for some help.

Michele Arias

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