Wedding dress returned 32 years after dry cleaner mix-up

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WILLOWICK: An Ohio woman has been reunited with her wedding dress 32 years after a dry cleaner mix-up.

Ame Bartlebaugh went looking for her mother’s wedding dress at her grandmother’s house in Willowick on February 4.

The 25-year-old is getting married next year. Bartlebaugh opened the box expecting a sleeveless dress. But she found a lacy, tiered dress that had been put in the box by a now-defunct dry cleaner in 1985.

Bartlebaugh posted about the mix-up on Facebook. Her friends shared the photos and a woman responded within hours that the dress belonged to her best friend’s mom.

Michelle Havrilla received her dress yesterday for the first time since her 1985 wedding. She says she’s in shock. Bartlebaugh says she hopes social media will help her find her mom’s dress.  —AP

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