Police track down newly-engaged tourist who dropped ring down Times Square utility grate

John Drennan and Daniella Anthony.
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John Drennan and Daniella Anthony now have the perfect story to share at their wedding.

While visiting New York City from England, Drennan proposed to Anthony as they strolled through Central Park. The ring was a little loose, and as they walked through Times Square late Friday night, the bauble slipped from Anthony's finger, falling down a utility grate. They quickly asked a nearby New York City police officer for help, and he summoned the department's Emergency Service Unit. They opened the grate and searched for an hour, but the darkness prevented the officers from finding the ring.

Two more NYPD officers picked up the search on Saturday morning, and they discovered the ring. "It's like finding a needle in a haystack," Det. Joseph Bucchignano told the New York Daily News. "I've been on plenty of these searches where we've come up with nothing, unfortunately. Fortunately, this one has a good ending to it." They were then left with a new dilemma: How to reach the couple, who didn't leave their names or numbers.

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The NYPD released surveillance footage of Anthony and Drennan in Times Square, and friends of the couple — who left New York on Saturday morning — let them know about it once they landed. Drennan wasn't on Twitter, but he made an account to thank the officers, promising them "a few cold beers when we come back to NYC." Catherine Garcia

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