Wedding Dress Is Found, 32 Years After Dry Cleaner's Error

But now another dress is missing
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Feb 12, 2018 2:06 PM CST
Scott Iwan and his fiance Ame Bartlebaugh hold a 1980 photo Ame's mother in her wedding dress the day she was married.   (Phil Masturzo/Akron Beacon Journal via AP)
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(Newser) – An Ohio woman had given up hope of seeing her wedding dress again after a dry cleaner mix-up three decades ago until her daughter's friend saw photos of the dress on Facebook. Michelle Havrilla was nearly speechless after getting the dress back last week for the first time since her 1985 wedding, per the AP. It turns out, her dress was put in the wrong box by a now-defunct dry cleaner in Willowick and stored in another family's attic all this time.

The Akron Beacon Journal reports Ame Bartlebaugh found the dress on Feb. 4 when she went into the attic looking for her own mother's wedding dress. The one she pulled out of the box clearly wasn't her mother's, and she posted about the mix-up on Facebook. The story spread, and Havrilla was reunited with the dress within a day. Now Bartlebaugh hopes social media will help her find her mom's dress before her own wedding next year.

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