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SOMERS POINT, N.J. (CBS/AP) – A New Jersey woman got an early present this holiday season. Paula Stanton has her wedding ring back, nine years after she accidentally flushed it down her toilet.

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Stanton was sure the diamond-encrusted gold ring was lost forever after she noticed it wasn’t on her finger while she was cleaning her bathroom nearly a decade ago.

Luckily, a member of Somers Point’s public works department remembered Stanton mentioning the ring about three years ago.

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Last month, Ted Gogol was doing maintenance work near a manhole about 400 feet from Stanton’s house. He tells the Press of Atlantic City he saw a shiny object sitting the mud.

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It turned out to be Stanton’s ring, and after boiling it in peroxide and lemon juice, she is wearing it again.

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