After a fatal motorcycle accident killed three people on State Road 35 near Hanna, Utah, a man stopped by the crash site to offer up a prayer.
However, Willie Breeze Archuleta got more than he bargained for when he discovered a diamond ring hidden at the site.
He told KUTV that three days after the bike crash killed Anthony M. Cooper, 69, of Texas, Judith Murray, 53, of Kansas, John Kwiatkowski, 62 of Texas, he stopped by the scene of the incident to pay his respects with his 6-year-old daughter Willow. He said:
“We stopped and said a little prayer and put some flowers down and I just happened to look down.”
Once he finished praying and began to walk away, an object caught his attention— a wedding ring.
He knew it must belong to one of the victims, Judith Murray.
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The father knows of great loss, he lost his fiancée three years ago. Archuleta said it “just really hit home” for him.
He said looking at the wedding ring made him think of his daughter. Archuleta explained:
“She’s got all of her mom’s stuff from after losing her mom. I couldn’t imagine what that means to that daughter.”
Archuleta knew he had track down Judith’s husband, Jason Murray, 50, who survived the accident and is in critical condition at Intermountain Medical Center.
After searching for several days, he was able to find the family and return Judith’s ring, which wasn’t a wedding ring, but a ring Judith wore while riding her motorcycle, according to her daughter.