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Wedding dress returned 32 years after dry cleaner mix-up

UPDATED: Mon., Feb. 12, 2018

Scott Iwan and his fiance Ame Bartlebaugh hold a 1980 photo Ame's mother in her wedding dress the day she was married. (PHIL MASTURZO / Associated Press)
Scott Iwan and his fiance Ame Bartlebaugh hold a 1980 photo Ame's mother in her wedding dress the day she was married. (PHIL MASTURZO / Associated Press)
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WILLOWICK, Ohio – An Ohio woman had given up hope of seeing her wedding dress again after a dry cleaner mix-up three decades ago until her daughter’s friend saw photos of the dress on Facebook.

Michelle Havrilla was nearly speechless after getting the dress back last week for the first time since her 1985 wedding.

Her dress was put in the wrong box by a now-defunct dry cleaner in Willowick and stored in another family’s attic.

The Akron Beacon Journal reports Ame Bartlebaugh found the dress on Feb. 4 when she went looking for her mother’s wedding dress.

She posted about the mix-up on Facebook, and Havrilla was reunited with the dress within a day.

Bartlebaugh hopes social media will help her find her mom’s dress before her own wedding next year.

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