Heartbroken widow baffled as lost engagement ring found in unusual spot

Tracey Barr's sapphire and diamond engagement ring went missing on January 12

Tracey Barr's sapphire and diamond engagement ring went missing on January 12 - Credit: Tracey Barr

A Heartsease woman has been reunited with a ring given to her by her childhood sweetheart three months after it went missing.

Tracey Barr's cherished sapphire and diamond engagement ring was lost on January 12.

Fearing it had gone missing while out and about 53-year-old Tracey, of Borrowdale Drive, retraced her steps to the three supermarkets she had visited that day in a bid to track it down.

Adding extra heartache to a devastating situation, January also marked five years since Tracey's late husband Stephen passed from a "one in a million" rare appendix cancer.

Tracey Barr lost her husband Stephen to a rare appendix cancer in 2017, after a six year battle against the disease

Tracey Barr lost her husband Stephen to a rare 'one in a million' appendix cancer in 2017, after a six year battle against the disease - Credit: Supplied by Tracey Barr

The Evening News' story of Tracey's plea for the ring's safe return was shared far and wide by readers.

But on Friday, April 8, Tracey was given the news she had been waiting for - her ring had been found by her daughter Sadie.

The circumstances had them both crying with joy and laughter.

"I heard her screaming, and thought she'd found a spider," Tracey explained. "All of a sudden she came running through the bedroom shaking her hands around screaming 'I've found it!'

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"I had no idea what she was talking about.

Tracey Barr, 53, is hoping that people in and around the Heartsease area can help reunite her with her engagement ring

Tracey Barr, 53, launched an appeal to reunite her with her engagement ring - Credit: Supplied by Tracey Barr

"I couldn't see what she was holding because she was shaking and jumping around.

"When I realised she'd found my ring I burst into tears.

"She was cleaning the fridge out and it was under the salad draw.

"Now, thinking back, it must've slipped off my finger."

Delighted to have the ring back with her, she is determined that it will never leave her sight again.

Tracey said: "The ring is now firmly back on my finger and is not going anywhere any time soon.

Tracey said the ring is firmly back on her finger

Tracey said the ring is firmly back on her finger, and that she will get a chain to wear it around her neck so it doesn't go missing again - Credit: Sadie Barr

"But it can be loose and definitely do not want a repeat of losing it, so I'm going to buy a chain and put it around my neck.

"It feels amazing to have it back. I can't believe it's been in the house for the last two months. 

"It's a happy ending. Sadie knows how much the ring means to me. I've been bombarded with messages from friends and family - they can't believe it's been found."