Montecito mudslide wedding ring round

Apr 9, 2018, 2:43 PM | Updated: Jun 7, 2022, 4:00 pm

MONTECITO, CA — Months after disappearing in the Montecito mudslide, contractors discover a missing wedding ring.

Contractor Ann Burgard was clearing and sifting through dirt and mud on Mari and Hang Mitchel’s property when she found a little frayed bag in a massive pile of mud.

General Contractor Ann Burgard said,”It was right by this pergola right here in the corner.”

The Mitchel’s survived the January 9th disaster when their home on Santo Thomas Lane was hit by a wall of mud and badly damaged.

They waited hours to be rescued, “I’m grateful to be alive, and my husband too,” said Mari Mitchel.

Mitchel had put her wedding rings, a watch, and a special pendant into the small pouch in preparation for the storm.

The bag washed away with most of her belongings.

Bergard said the bag was on ehr bind each time she carefully combed through the mud, “I know from the very beginning this was the one thing that Mari was hoping for.”

When she finally saw it, she started shaking and ran to tell Mitchel.

“We weren’t sure. The zipper was jammed, so she went and got a knife. And as she got the knife, there was a little jiggling sound, and we were kinda holding our breath. But I knew,” said Mitchel.

Mitchel and Burgard were both emotional.  “I just happened to be the eyes on it at that moment. But it was found because there’s people hanging on to glimpses of hope and all that energy working together,” said Burgard.

Mitchell calls the find a tiny miracle, with a big lesson,  “There’s a message in it that says don’t give up. Just don’t give up. Even if it’s a little thing that feels impossible, don’t give up.”

KSL 5 TV Live


emergency lights...

Andy Rose, CNN

Three people killed, including child, after tornado strikes Tennessee

A tornado that cut through Clarksville, Tennessee, Saturday evening left at least three people dead, the county officials said.

5 hours ago

Liz Magill, President of University of Pennsylvania
(Kevin Dietsch, Getty Images)...

Matt Egan, CNN

University of Pennsylvania president resigns after hearing on antisemitism

In a stunning downfall for the leader of one of the world’s most prestigious universities, Liz Magill, the president of University of Pennsylvania, voluntarily stepped down from the helm of the Ivy League school on Saturday following a torrent of criticism for her testimony about antisemitism on Capitol Hill Tuesday.

5 hours ago

Elon Musk may restore Alex Jones account on X.

Clare Duffy, CNN

Elon Musk signals he will restore the X account of notorious conspiracy theorist Alex Jones

Elon Musk signaled Saturday that he would restore the account of right-wing extremist Alex Jones on X, formerly known as Twitter, reversing a 2018 decision by the company’s previous management to deplatform the notorious conspiracy theorist after he repeatedly broke rules prohibiting harassment and hate.

7 hours ago

Greta Gerwig in Los Angeles on Dec. 3.
(Emma McIntyre, Getty Images.)...

Lisa Respers France, CNN

This celeb had the best year ever. And no, it’s not Taylor Swift or Beyoncé

Greta Gerwig has gone from actress to writer/producer/director and, this year, the helmer of the the buzziest movie of 2023, “Barbie.”

9 hours ago

Fewer than two in five people in the US have gotten the flu vaccine this season, according to CDC e...

Deidre McPhillips, CNN

It’s not too late to get vaccinated, as the holidays and respiratory virus season ramp up

Now is the time to get vaccinated to stay safe and healthy amid holiday gatherings and rising levels of respiratory viruses, including the flu, Covid-19 and RSV, experts say.

10 hours ago

Demand for olive oil and recent struggling harvests have led to sharp increases in the price of oli...

Barbie Latza Nadeau

Extra virgin olive oil is getting very expensive. And it might not even be real

Infusing high quality olive oil with lesser products has become a common practice as rising demand for Mediterranean oil exports is countered by lower production rates.

11 hours ago

Sponsored Articles

Stylish room interior with beautiful Christmas tree and decorative fireplace...

Lighting Design

Create a Festive Home with Our Easy-to-Follow Holiday Prep Guide

Get ready for festive celebrations! Discover expert tips to prepare your home for the holidays, creating a warm and welcoming atmosphere for unforgettable moments.

Battery low message on mobile device screen. Internet and technology concept...

PC Laptops

9 Tips to Get More Power Out of Your Laptop Battery

Get more power out of your laptop battery and help it last longer by implementing some of these tips from our guide.

Users display warnings about the use of artificial intelligence (AI), access to malicious software ...

Les Olson

How to Stay Safe from Cybersecurity Threats

Read our tips for reading for how to respond to rising cybersecurity threats in 2023 and beyond to keep yourself and your company safe.

Design mockup half in white and half in color of luxury house interior with open plan living room a...

Lighting Design

Lighting Design 101: Learn the Basics

These lighting design basics will help you when designing your home, so you can meet both practical and aesthetic needs.

an antler with large horns int he wilderness...

Three Bear Lodge

Yellowstone in the Fall: A Wildlife Spectacle Worth Witnessing

While most people travel to this park in the summer, late fall in Yellowstone provides a wealth of highlights to make a memorable experience.

a diverse group of students raising their hands in a classroom...

Little Orchard Preschool

6 Benefits of Preschool for Kids

Some of the benefits of preschool for kids include developing independence, curiosity, and learning more about the world.

Montecito mudslide wedding ring round