Archive Page - 08/16/13 40 years, 2,169 covers and 54,876 stories from PEOPLE magazine's history for you to enjoy
- Kourtney Kardashian Reveals Her Baby's Name & More Weekend News
- The Style Top 5: The Best Star Style From the PEOPLE Magazine Awards
- Celebri-lattes! Amazing Coffee Art of Taylor Swift, Nick Jonas & Other Stars
- Man in Elf Costume Arrested After Being Found Passed Out in Running Van
- From EW: Sony Lawyer Says The Interview Will Still Be Distributed
On Newsstands Now
- Matthew McConaughey: In His Own Words
- Jessa Duggar's Wedding Album
- Brittany Maynard's Final Days
Pick up your copy on newsstands
Click here for instant access to the Digital Magazine
People Top 5
LAST UPDATE: Sunday December 21, 2014 08:10PM EST
PEOPLE Top 5 are the most-viewed stories on the site over the past three days, updated every 60 minutes
- January 13, 1997
- Vol. 47
- No. 1
Julie Stuart Lost Her Fiancé When TWA Flight 800 Crashed, but the Ring He Intended for Her Is Now Where It Belongs
The impromptu ceremony marked a poignant finale for Stuart, 31, a Bridgewater, Conn., human-resources manager for a local bearing manufacturer. Her fiancé, engineering manager Andrew Krukar, 40, had intended to propose to her and give her the ring last July on a romantic trip to France. Krukar left alone for Europe on business, and she was to follow, but his plane, TWA Flight 800, fell into the sea near New York, killing all 230 aboard. Although Krukar's body wasn't recovered for weeks, the ring box that had been in his briefcase bobbed to the surface because of a tiny piece of bubble wrap tucked inside. Divers found it the morning after the crash, and when Stuart saw a photo of the ring in a French magazine, she knew it was hers. "My first concern was to find out who had it," she says. "And then to try to get it back."
That proved painfully difficult. Stuart tracked down the ring to an FBI safe in Calverton, N.Y. But the FBI insisted on holding it for evidence, and no one—not even President Clinton, to whom she wrote for help could intervene. As a last resort, Stuart and Gross drove to a news conference last September on Long Island, where Kallstrom was speaking. Privately they explained the problem, and he later promised to return it by Christmas. "I was told Jim Kallstrom was a man of his word," says Stuart, but she was skeptical. "Everyone else had been promising I'd get my ring back too."
As the holiday neared, Stuart nearly lost hope. But then, just before Christmas, an FBI agent arrived to drive her, her parents, Bill and Joanna Stuart, and Marge Gross to Kallstrom's office in the Federal Building in Manhattan. When they arrived, he handed over the antique-style ring. "It was bigger and more beautiful than I'd imagined," says Stuart. "There wasn't a mark on it, with the fire and water and everything. No one even had to clean it."
Andy lives on in the ring, and in more important ways. The Stuart and Krukar families built a trail in his memory at a local nature center, and the company where the couple worked established a scholarship in his name. Stuart remains close with his family, but, sadly, she no longer has contact with his sons Kyle, 13, and Jared, 15, who are moving out of state with their mother, Krukar's ex-wife. "I miss them so much," says Stuart. "We'd gotten so close."
Still, the jewelry has brought her a measure of peace. "I know Andy wanted me to have this ring," says Stuart. "We were so in love. And I do think it was his last wish come true."
ANNE LONGLEY in Connecticut
- Anne Longley.
December 20, 2014
Treat Yourself! 4 Preview Issues
The most buzzed about stars this minute!