During the last storm cycle, Mammoth Lakes Police officers were very busy with the usual weather related calls. One call, however, stuck with them.
A tourist failed to negotiate a steep curve and drove his truck off the roadway and down a steep snow bank. While there was no physical injury involved, there was an emotional one: as the driver negotiated the deep snow to walk back up to the roadway, his wedding band slipped from his finger and disappeared into the freshly fallen snow.
So police decided to make plans to return the area when the snow melted, Sgt. Marc Moscowitz, Detective Doug Hornbeck and Officer Tim Smalley took advantage of the spring weather on Wednesday during a lull in calls for service to revisit the location of the accident.
Detective Hornbeck, using a metal detector he recently inherited from his father (but hadn’t yet used), began searching for the ring. After several minutes of searching and shoveling snow, they heard IT; the telltale sound that something was under the snow. Bottle cap? Beer can? They then saw the beautiful glint of someone’s lost treasure sparkling in the sunlight!
After a quick phone call to the owner of the ring, plans were made to return it to the grateful owner.
Hats off the local men in blue.