Wedding dress returned 32 years after dry cleaner mix-up

Ame Bartlebaugh holds a 1980 photo of her mother in her wedding dress in Willowick, Ohio. Bartlebaugh posted pictures on Facebook of a lacy wedding dress, a veil and a hoop skirt with an explanation of a1985 mix-up with the now-defunct, dry cleaner who gave her the dress, thinking it was her mothers. Bartlebaugh found the rightful owner of the dress but is still searching for her mothers dress that she hopes to wear at her wedding in December 2019. (Phil Masturzo/Akron Beacon Journal via AP)

WILLOWICK, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio woman has been reunited with her wedding dress 32 years after a dry cleaner mix-up.

Ame Bartlebaugh says she went looking for her mother’s wedding dress at her grandmother’s house in Willowick on Feb. 4. The 25-year-old is getting married in December 2019.

Bartlebaugh opened the box expecting a simple, sleeveless dress. She instead found a lacy, tiered dress. The wrong dress had been in her grandmother’s attic since it left a now-defunct dry cleaner in 1985.

Bartlebaugh posted about the mix-up on Facebook, and 24 hours later she got a response.

Michelle Havrilla received her dress Monday for the first time since her own wedding in 1985. She says she’s still in shock.

Bartlebaugh says she is hopeful social media will help her find her mom’s dress.