SOMERS POINT, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey woman has her wedding ring back, nine years after she accidentally flushed it down her toilet.

Paula Stanton was sure the diamond-encrusted gold ring was lost forever after she noticed it wasn't on her finger while she was cleaning her bathroom nearly a decade ago.

Luckily, a member of Somers Point’s public works department remembered Stanton mentioning the ring about three years ago.

“She had this look on her face while she was telling me about it that said, ‘I can’t believe I did this,’” Gogol told the Press of Atlantic City. “I told her really nicely that the chances of us finding it ... well, just in passing, we’d keep an eye out for it.”

Last month, Ted Gogol was doing maintenance work near a manhole about 400 feet from Stanton’s house. He told the Press of A.C. he saw a shiny object sitting the mud and left a note on the couple’s door.

It did turn out to be Stanton’s ring, and after boiling it in peroxide and lemon juice, she is wearing it again.

“He came by after work and dropped it off. Nobody could believe it. Everyone was in a state of shock. I was hugging him and crying,” Stanton said. “I was calling my kids and telling people about it. My family had a difficult year, and for this to happen...”

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Information from: The Press of Atlantic City (N.J.), http://www.pressofatlanticcity.com