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Ringgold man loses late wife's wedding ring, jewelry in burglary

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A Ringgold man is asking for help finding his late wife's wedding ring. The ring was stolen out of his home after his wife's funeral.

For Ray Bean it was love at first sight. He met his wife Kim at church, then 6 months later sold his car for a ring.

"That was the strongest woman that's ever been on the face of this earth," said Ray Bean.

"I said will you marry me, it was the best day of my life when she said yes."

After 23 years of marriage, Kim found out she had Stage 3 Ovarian Cancer.

"From that bed to that chair in the living room, I'd carry her," said Bean. "If we had to go out to the doctor, I'd pick her up and carry her."

Bean bought her a ring for every big moment. The surprises lifted her spirits through 5 years of chemotherapy and surgeries.

"I promise you if you could bring her back for 1 minute, I'd carry her through hell with a pistol in both hands and I would walk right out the other side," said Bean.

Adding to Ray's pain, someone broke into his house right after the funeral. They took Kim's wedding ring and all of her jewelry. Bean believes someone targeted him during his grief.

"It's very tragic to have such a struggle with Mr. Beans' wife fighting cancer, then only to turn around and this to happen is just unbelievable," said Sheriff Gary Sisk, Catoosa County.

Sheriff Sisk has seen burglars handpick grieving victims from the obituaries column in the past, he says it's not a trend but it's possible. Bean just hopes to find what was lost.

"Please put it in my mailbox, bury it and tell me where to dig it up, give me an anonymous text message, bring it back," said Bean.

Bean describes the stolen wedding ring as a 1 carrot, gold marquis diamond. He is offering a reward for it to be returned. 

Call Catoosa County Sheriff's office if you have any information that can help investigators. 

Sheriff Sisk tells Channel 3 you should always document your most prized possessions with pictures and video. he says you should lock them up in a safe, separately from any identifying numbers you have recorded. 

If you plan on leaving your house for a funeral or vacation, you can let your local authorities know you want your home to be on a vacation watch. Officers will increase patrols to keep your home safe while your out of town.

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