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Man gets back wedding ring he lost in Welsh castle

| Friday, Dec. 25, 2009

Carl Mondy was on his way to buy a new wedding ring when the phone call came.

The one he lost at a Welsh castle had been found.

"We were literally two minutes away from buying a new ring," Mondy, 56, a global manager for oil and gas at North Fayette-based Industrial Scientific Corp., said Thursday from his home in Odessa, Texas.

The ring, which flew off Mondy's hand in September as he grabbed for his wind-blown hat while standing atop a tower at Caernarfon Castle in North Wales, was found by a woman from Australia before Thanksgiving, he said.

The ring has special meaning for Mondy and his wife Judy, who will celebrate their 35th wedding anniversary Jan. 4. It's the only wedding ring he has ever worn.

"It's pretty cool. An American ring, lost in a Welsh castle, was found by an Australian woman," said Mondy, who is on a temporary assignment in Wales until July. He came home to celebrate Christmas.

Australian Kelly Webb found the ring on an adjacent tower, said Mondy, who had no luck trying to find it the day he lost it.

"I heard it land off in the distance. ... I'm just glad someone did the right thing," he said.

He left his contact information at the castle, with the hope that the ring would turn up. But weeks passed, and he returned home for the holidays, thinking he would never see his ring again. The couple went to look for a replacement.

"The feel-good story is really about Kelly Webb. She was our Santa," said Mondy, who wrote a thank-you letter to Webb.

Caernarfon Castle, begun 1283, was constructed as a military stronghold, a seat of government and royal palace. The Mondys, who were together in Wales, toured the castle on a rainy day of sightseeing.

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