Wedding Ring Vanishes After Kentucky Man Dies In Oklahoma

Tuesday, August 6th 2013, 5:47 pm
By: News On 6

A Kentucky woman is asking for your help to find her husband's missing wedding ring. Amy and Ben Campbell were married only six months when he died suddenly while working in Oklahoma.

His body was shipped back to Kentucky for cremation, but his ring wasn't with him.

Amy Campbell is desperate to have it back - the ring she placed on his finger and that he wore every day as a symbol of their love.

Ben and Amy met in college, in the school cafeteria where a group of friends were hanging out.

"We had a rule that if someone came up and there wasn't a place to sit, but they had food, someone without food had to give up their seat, the food rules," said widow Amy Campbell.

"Well, he didn't have food but, didn't want to give up his seat, so he pulled me onto his lap and said, 'you can sit here.'"

They saw each other a few times, then in 2006, realized they were meant to be. He proposed in 2011, and they got married last fall.

Ben was a geologist who worked on drilling rigs so his job brought him to Oklahoma for weeks or months at a time. He missed their first Christmas and New Years as a married couple and was back in the Sooner State for his birthday in April.

"He was pretty upset that he'd missed so much and I said, 'don't worry, we have our whole lives ahead of us,'" Amy said.

A month later, Ben died from heart trouble at work. His body was taken to the Tulsa County Medical Examiner's office. It was then was picked up by Ray Fransisco Embalming services, who prepared the body for shipment and took it to the airport.

Amy says the funeral home in Kentucky checked the box, washed the sheets he was wrapped in, but didn't see his wedding band.

"They checked the facility, checked the wash, checked the room, there was nothing there. The ring and paperwork were supposed to be with him when he got here, but neither was with him," Amy said.

Fransisco's attorney tells us, Fransisco signed for the ring from the medical examiner's office, and it was placed in a plastic bag and put with the body inside the box and shipped.

Amy is desperate to have it back and hopes someone finds it in a lost and found area or even sees it for sale online.

"I would be extremely grateful if I could get it back," said widow Amy Campbell.

Ben's ring is a Tungsten carbide wedding band with Grecian-knot inspired design. It is part of the ArtCarved collection and has the word ArtCarved engraved on the inside of the band.

If you see it, contact Lori Fullbright.