Couple searches for lost wedding ring

December 6, 2011

By Tom Corrigan

Tyler and Tami Johnson’s lost ring is seen here around the leg of their son Deacon, who was born prematurely along with twin sister Avigail. Contributed

On Nov. 29, Tami Johnson’s husband Tyler visited the Fred Meyer store in Issaquah. She admits the wedding ring he lost at the store can be replaced, but the memories attached to it are well out of the ordinary.

When Tami Johnson gave birth to twins in 2009, she had been pregnant for a mere 24 weeks. Deacon and Avigail weighed in at 1 pound, 10 ounces and 1 pound, 7 ounces. They were given only a 40 percent chance of survival.

“I am very fortunate to say that today they are healthy children with minimal issues,” Johnson said.

Deacon is in therapy to help with some general motor skill issues, but otherwise both children are in good health, she said.

Still, back when they were born, Tyler Johnson could put his wedding ring around Deacon’s leg with room to spare. That is the source of the couple’s added emotional attachment to the ring. The Johnsons have a striking picture of the ring around Deacon’s leg, with Tami’s hand in the frame to add a further sense of scale.

On the day he lost the ring, Tyler Johnson was at the Fred Meyer on East Lake Sammamish Parkway about 5 p.m. He was carrying both Deacon and Avigail with his hands clasped between them and in front of him. He believes the ring just popped off at some point.

Tami added that he spent most of his time in the furniture area and also in the toy department near the bikes. Johnson said her husband isn’t sure if he lost the ring inside or outside the store, but was parked about five rows back from the store entryway nearest the produce.

Johnson described the ring as platinum with ridges. She said both she and her husband called Fred Meyer to see if anyone had turned in the ring, but had not met with any success. They also searched around the store and parking lot themselves. Anyone with information about the ring can email Tami Johnson at tamilynnjohnson@gmail.com.

Tom Corrigan: 392-6434, ext. 241, or tcorrigan@isspress.com. Comment at www.issaquahpress.com.

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