"WANTED for dropping his fiancée's ring in @TimesSquareNYC!"
The man frantically lay on the ground and peered into the grate while his partner looked on in concern, but they were unable to retrieve the ring.
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Then, almost 24 hours after it issued the call to arms - and nearly 19,000 retweets later - NYPD tweeted an update. The couple had already returned back to their home country. "We are making arrangements for them to get the ring back", NYPD Sergeant Jessica McRorie told ABC News. A spokesperson declined to identify the couple or offer details about how the ring was found.
More than 350,000 people visit Times Square in midtown Manhattan, known as "The Crossroads of the World", every day.
It also posted a photo of the recovered ring.
NYPD Commissioner James O'Neill urged twitter to "do its thing" and reunite the couple with their ring.
"I am licensed to practice as a Proposal Location Judge and I would rate this one as a two in regards to kneeling over a grate", another user said.