Web Exclusive: Son upset over mom's missing wedding ring

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(CNN/KCTV) - An heirloom wedding ring is missing and a son wants it back.  The Kansas man believes it happened when his mom was in the hospital before she passed away.

Overland Park, Kansas resident, Dane Weller shared a special bond with his mother, Vicki.

He suffered a devastating spinal cord injury a few years back.  Doctors said he would never walk again.  His mother took exception to that.  "She is the one that encouraged me, wouldn't let me give up.  I'm walking again," says Weller.

So when Mrs. Weller started suffering from kidney failure, he was right by her side.  He assumed the role of her primary caretaker and drove her to every early-morning dialysis appointment.  Unfortunately, her health took a turn for the worse and she was admitted to the hospital earlier this month.

Before her death last Sunday, she asked her son to do one last thing.  She wanted him to make sure her first born granddaughter received her wedding band, to serve as a lasting memory of their relationship.

"It is not a good feeling. People understand when they lose people they love they want to carry out their wishes, and I can't do that," says Weller.

Dane can't do that because he says the wedding band has gone missing.  Dane says his mother was wearing the band while in the hospital.  Her fingers were too swollen for him to remove it.  A nurse told him it would remain with her body until it was handed over to the Cremation Society of Kansas, who would then return all her belongings.

But documents show inventory taken after death by hospital staff do not list any jewelry.  Once the body was turned over, the crematory's only listing under personal effects is a bag of belongings.  Dane says that was just clothing.

So he has filed a police report, furious that a priceless family heirloom has gone missing.

The hospital declined and on-camera interview, but provided this statement:

"Saint Luke's hospitals have procedures in place to minimize the loss of patient personal items while hospitalized. We are in the process of researching the events surrounding the missing item in question and are in communication with the family as we work to find answers and resolve the matter."

Dane is hoping this is all an innocent mistake and that the wedding band will turn up, but he also knows there is another possible explanation and now has a message for anyone that might know where this ring is.

"Doesn't mean anything to you.  It means everything to our family. Would you please put it somewhere and let somebody find it. It's just wrong what you did," says Dane.

Weller is hoping the thief will have a change of heart and return his mom's wedding ring.

In the meantime, the hospital is also trying to determine if the theft happened on their watch and whether the ring was stolen from the woman's body after she died.


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