30, a tornado ripped through McMinn County where both Repkie and Ferguson were living. Ferguson said she and her husband, Tim, had been sleeping as the storm hit. They suffered no serious injuries, but lost their home and belongings, as well as Ferguson's 18-year-old wedding gown. The dress had been stored in the attic of her detached garage, which was also taken by the tornado, she said. "When the whole garage was gone, I just figured [the dress] was gone," Ferguson said. "I loved the dress and I definitely didn't want to get rid of it. I was disappointed, but at least we were OK. I kind of forgot about it and moved on." Repkie told ABC News that on Feb. 23, he and his wife were searching through debris on their 26 acres of land when they came across a gold box. "You can imagine, on almost 26 acres, of how much debris I had all over my property," Repkie said. "We were cleaning up and that's when we spotted it.
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