ANGLETON, Texas (KTRK) — A grieving daughter said her mother’s wedding ring was lost or stolen at Memorial Hermann Hospital at the Texas Medical Center, where she trusted her mother would be safe.

On Jan. 28, Michelle Josey’s husband called 911 when his 49-year-old wife stopped breathing. She later died in hospital.

The family still doesn’t know what happened and is waiting for the coroner’s report. Since the family lives in Angleton, the city’s police were the first to respond.

Angleton’s deputy police chief confirmed to ABC13 that Michelle Josey was wearing her wedding ring when she was transported to the hospital, based on body camera footage and interviews with paramedics.

When the family realized that her wedding ring was nowhere to be found, they didn’t know how to react.

“I want to believe he was just moved. Maybe they removed it and put it in a drawer because people told us what was happening. But as time goes on, it seems more and more like someone took her ring,” Kayla said Josey, Michelle’s daughter.

According to Kayla Josey, her mother and father, who had three children together, just celebrated their 28th birthday.

“Just the ability to have this ring back for our family would be something we would want to keep as a reminder of their love,” Kayla Josey said.

According to Angleton police, Michelle Josey was taken away in an ambulance. Then Life Flight flew her to Memorial Hermann at the Texas Medical Center.

While the deputy chief confirmed that Michelle Josey had her ring, he couldn’t say what happened while she was at the hospital because Angleton police don’t have jurisdiction there.

Kayla Josey said the hospital assigned the case to an investigator and shared an email from a hospital official:

Dear Ms Josey,

I am writing to you on behalf of Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center regarding your mother’s missing property. On behalf of the hospital, I would like to extend our condolences to you and your family on the loss of Ms. Michelle Josey.

After you reported the loss of your wedding rings, we conducted a comprehensive, cross-departmental search but were unable to find any items that matched this description. I know how important these irreplaceable items are to you and your family. I hope you find comfort and peace in priceless memories as you heal.

I would like to express our sincerest condolences and regret the additional burden this situation has placed on you or your family. I can understand that you are receiving this response at a sad time.

Please know that I am thinking about you and your family.

The email does not mention what that search involved or whether cameras at the hospital were checked. When ABC13 reached out to Memorial Hermann, a spokesperson said they could not comment on the case due to privacy concerns.

Kayla Josey also filed a report with Houston police. She said she called to check on the case and someone told her it could take a year to get an investigator assigned to theft cases because they are so secured.

After ABC13 called to ask why it was taking so long, a chief of HPD’s Property and Financial Crimes Unit said time frames are not typically given for when a case is assigned. A spokesman said the case was now being assigned and an investigator was expected to contact the family in the next few days.

Meanwhile, the daughter loses hope that the wedding ring will ever be found, but wants the hospital to improve its protocols, especially for families who trust her with the care of their loved ones.

“When you send a loved one to the emergency room or the hospital, you would think there would be some sort of procedure for personal items,” Kayla Josey said. “You would think it would be logged and it would be easy for a family member to collect these items.”

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