Bighearted Bikers Find Missing Ring for Man's Widow

They searched in waist-high weeds to find ring of Rhonda Thill's deceased husband
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 21, 2015 12:00 PM CDT

When Rhonda Thill got husband Randy's belongings back after he died in a motorcycle crash last month, her heartbreak was compounded when his wedding ring wasn't among them, she tells Kare 11. "It had to be somewhere," she says. "Maybe the force of the impact—it came off or whatever. I didn't want it to be just left out there." A trooper went to the scene to search, but came up empty-handed, the Pioneer Press reports; likewise her dad and brother with a metal detector. Then Rhonda talked to a high school friend, also a biker, and suddenly a dozen bikers were digging in waist-high grass on hands and knees.

After about 45 minutes, KARE 11 reports, one man literally struck gold, spotting the ring pushed down in the dirt. The searchers first gave Rhonda Randy's eyeglasses and a flashlight they had found, per the Press. "She held her head down. … Then I held up my pinky with the ring on it and said, 'And I got this,'" her friend tells the paper. "We had to hold her up. She was about to fall over." Rhonda is still amazed that the group, many of them strangers, would go to such lengths—and grateful to have Randy's ring once more. "It ... makes me feel like I've got a piece of us back together again," she tells KARE 11. (Read more uplifting news stories.)

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