NORFOLK, Va. (AP) -- The widow of a Navy SEAL who was among 30 U.S. troops killed in an Afghanistan helicopter crash said Tuesday that she's lost her husband's wedding band and is appealing to the public to help find it.
Kimberly Vaughn told The Associated Press in a telephone interview from Virginia Beach that she lost her husband's ring on Saturday while traveling from Deer Park, Texas to Washington. She had been wearing the ring on her right thumb since Aaron Vaughn died in August.
DESPERATE SEARCH: Lost Ring's Facebook Page
"It doesn't mean a lot to other people but it's quite a treasure to me," she said on Tuesday.
Vaughn has started a Facebook page, set up an e-mail account and hit the media circuit in hopes someone may spot it and return it to her.
The former Washington Redskins cheerleader married Aaron Vaughn in May, 2008. His wedding band is inscribed with her first name on the inside, has a flat edge and has a brushed, silver finish, she said.
"He'd usually take it with him, but this time he said `Things have a way of getting lost.' So he left it with me and I felt fortunate, considering the circumstances, that he left it with me. And then to lose it is obviously crushing," she said.
She says she didn't realize the ring had fallen off until she was on a connecting U.S. Airways flight from Charlotte, N.C. to Washington and playing with her 4-month-old daughter, who was sitting on her lap.
"My mouth just dropped open. Of course I started searching around me," she said. "I searched my purse, I searched my diaper bag inside and out."
She said a flight attendant unsuccessfully helped her search that plane for her ring after landing at Reagan National Airport and is confident it wasn't lost during the flight.
She said she last remembers seeing the ring when she put it on at a Super 8 hotel in Deer Park. She was also traveling with her father and 2-year-old son at the time.
Vaughn said after leaving the hotel she returned her rental car to George Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston, used the restroom and boarded her flight to Charlotte. She said that when she was in Charlotte she used the restroom, stopped at a TCBY yogurt kiosk and then headed to Terminal C to board her flight.
"It could be as simple as someone picked it up put and put it in their pocket. I'm just hoping to keep both eyes peeled," she said.