CORNELIUS, N.C. -- A Charlotte woman is desperate to find her lost engagement ring after leaving it in her wallet of a gas station bathroom.
"I'm so upset with myself," Katryna Romero said. "It's a hard feeling to describe, you feel like you just want to throw up."
All engagement rings are special, but this ring was uniquely personal to Romero and her family.
"My mom designed the ring and she used several jewelry items my dad had given her," Romero said. "The middle of the ring is her engagement ring and the diamonds around it are from necklaces my dad gave her."
As her father passed away a little over two years ago, the ring represented not only a love between the soon-to-be husband and wife, but a love between father and daughter.
"It was really special to me because it was something they made together and something I wanted to pass down to my children," Romero said.
The ring has now been missing for exactly a week and Romero hasn't been able to stop retracing her steps both physically and in her head.
Romero says it's common for her to take her ring off. She works in construction which sometimes requires heavy lifting. She also removes it when she goes to the gym.
So, when Romero went to the gym last Tuesday, she took the ring off and placed it in her wallet. After leaving the gym, Romero stopped by the Circle K in Cornelius and used the restroom.
"I had other things on my mind and left the wallet," Romero said.
Within 15 minutes, Romero realized the mishap and immediately returned to Circle K.
"I went back and got my wallet but the ring wasn't in there anymore," Romero said. "The gas station and I looked over the footage... at 1:46 p.m. I used the restroom and at 1:56 p.m. these construction workers went in."
Romero recounts individual that turned her wallet in, and while she has her own suspicions as the person went off camera with the wallet, there's no footage or proof that they took the ring.
"It could've even fallen out of my wallet," Romero said. "There's no proof to [someone taking it], I just want it back."
Romero took to social media for help. Since sharing her story on Facebook, the post has had nearly 8,500 shares.
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