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Woman Reunited With Wedding Dress

A Grants Pass woman's nightmare of losing a family wedding dressed is now a miracle. She recently found the heirloom in the most unexpected way. NewsWatch 12's Eliana Sheriff tells us how bizarre circumstances led to a sweet reunion.

Posted: Mar 12, 2018 11:19 PM
Updated: Mar 12, 2018 11:27 PM

HUGO, Ore.-- A Grants Pass woman's nightmare of losing a family wedding dressed is now a miracle.
She recently found the heirloom in the most unexpected way.

NewsWatch 12's Eliana Sheriff tells us how bizarre circumstances led to a sweet reunion.

Sometimes life does mysterious things like putting you in the right place at the right time.

That's what happened for Debbie when she went down Livingston Way.

You see, she lost her wedding dress a couple months ago, but yesterday she made a remarkable discovery."

"It's a miracle, god is good."

Debbie is talking about seeing Mr. Man the mannequin.

James Jessee says, "That's why I put this out there is to be noticed."

Sure, its noticeable.

James Jessee says Mr. Man the mannequin has been standing guard of his property for almost three years.

"I am the creator of this treadmill turned upside down."

The mannequin always gets a reaction.
But nothing quite like yesterday when Debbie drove past the dress.
Her grandma handmade the dress 27 years ago-now her grandma is 90 years old-- with Alzheimer’s.
Debbie feared shed never see the dress again

Debbie Kuenstler says, "I was pretty distraught over it, I drove out here to go see my brother who lives here on Livingston and I kind of double took on the mannequin and just about went in the ditch, hit the brakes, and went in the driveway, like oh my gosh, that is my dress."

James Jessee says, "She contacted me that this was her dress and she drove by it, and she had been looking for it she lost it."

Debbie says, "I didn't notice the face for a while because I was so taken aback that my wedding dress was right here."

James Jessee says, "This has been out here for months in the rain and snow, its laundered by mother nature."

Debbie plans to wear the dress soon -- when she renews her vows with her husband.

"I want to wear it, I've taken off some weight, I think I am the same size as the mannequin."

Debbie credits part of her reunion with the dress to an online neighborhood watch group which helped her make contact with James.
She says when she initially saw the dress, no one was home, so she was able to get a hold of him through other neighbors help on social media.

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