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Family hoping to find one of a kind family heirloom

Posted at 11:36 PM, Nov 22, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-22 23:36:07-05
Losing a piece of valuable jewelry is always nerve racking, but what if that piece was more than just a keepsake-- it was literally part of your family.
 
Josh Hackett and his wife, Trisha are hoping for a Thanksgiving miracle.
 
The lost ring is made of 5,000 year old wood from Ireland, inside it holds the ashes of his late father. For him and his wife losing the ring it's like they've lost a member of the family all over again.
 
 
"It means more to me than anything in the world," Josh Hackett said.
 

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In Irish tradition a father gives his son an Irish penny on his wedding day. Josh's father wasn't around to give him that penny, but thanks to the ring he's worn for years he never left Josh's side.
 
"They put the copper shavings on the inside, Josh's father had passed away and I sent his ashes over there and the artist put them in the shavings in the ring itself," Trisha Hackett said.
 
He didn't know that a simple trip to Home Depot would redo his deck would lead to a great loss.
 
"I was coming home with the trailer and I got about 15 minutes away from the house and then I noticed it wasn't on. I pretty much tore my truck apart, checked my coat pockets, checked my gloves, checked my jeans," Josh Hackett said.
 
Josh thinks it could've fallen off his finger while he was shopping at Home Depot. He and Trisha hope someone will come forward.
 
"I was devastated, I was tearing up, crying about it," Josh Hackett said. "I just hope somebody finds it, it's been really rough, I haven't been sleeping well, I feel naked without it."
 
Josh said he planned to give his own son that ring when we was ready for marriage one day.
 
"It's more than a ring, it's a piece of our family, it's irreplaceable," Trisha said.
 
The ring was last seen at the Home Depot in Aberdeen. Contact ABC2 at newsroom@wmar.com.
 

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"They put the copper shavings on the inside, Josh's father had passed away and I sent his ashes over there and the artist put them in the shavings in the ring itself," Trisha Hackett said.