Deputies hope to find owner of lost wedding dress

Livingston Parish authorities hope to find owner of lost wedding dress

LIVINGSTON PARISH, LA (WAFB) - Authorities said they removed a hazard from a roadway, which has turned into the search for a person they believe is missing something very special.

A big bag was blocking one of the lanes on LA 16 in Denham Springs on Friday and now, deputies with the Livingston Parish Sheriff's Office are hoping the public can help them find the owner of what was inside - a wedding dress.

"Somebody wasn't happy about getting married," one driver said.

Deputies posted a picture of the dress on the sheriff's office Facebook page. Right now, all they are showing is a small picture of the detail on the dress. A spokeswoman said the office is hoping the owner can identify the rest. While they have not positively identified the owner, there have been several amusing posts on the Facebook page. Some of those ask if a black Trans Am was spotted in the area.

Helen Durham owns Gabrielle's Bridal Salon in Baton Rouge. She said given the expense and sentimental value, the dress surely did not wander off.

"Prices here range from $800 to $5,000. That's a lot of money," Durham said. "I love my my gown and that was 47 years ago."

Some say it's possible that it blew away, thinking that it was in the back of a truck or maybe went missing in the middle of a move.

"But it seems like you'd go back and get it," Paula Campbell said.

If the bride did lose her dress on purpose, Campbell said she must have been very angry.

"You could resell it or have it turned into a regular dress that you'd take out on your first date with a new boyfriend," she added.

Whatever the reason, Durham said she hopes the dress does make it back to its owner.

Sheriff Jason Ard said he just celebrated his wedding anniversary and the dress does not belong to his wife.

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