Frozen pipes yield a special missing ring in time for 40th wedding anniversary

There's a good story coming out of the cold blast that hit Chicago this past week.

One family trying to protect their pipes also ended up solving an emotional mystery a native Chicago family has been trying to figure out for years.

Tara Catogge and her husband, Ian Comes of Willowbrook, were facing the same problem many people had this week: frozen pipes. But their outcome is very different.

They found a diamond and sapphire wedding band in the pipes.

"It looked old and important to somebody, so that's when we started the search," Catogge said.

After a diligent polishing, Catogge began investigating. She tracked down the previous homeowners now living in Colorado and discovered this has been very sadly missed.

"I asked him if Louise ever lost a diamond ring … he said she did and I asked if it has sapphires, he just kept gasping almost," Catogge said.

Louise and Randy Hearne had searched for the ring for years, assuming it was lost at a family gathering. They are ecstatic it has finally been found.

"I mean these things happen in the movies, it's almost a cliché that you find a ring in the drain in the bathroom," Catogge said. "We have nothing but the fondest feelings about this horrible ice storm; it's a happy New Year indeed."

The ring is on its way to back to Louis and will be on her finger, which has been empty for the past five years, just in time for their 40th anniversary.