OCEAN CITY, Md. - "The boardwalk itself is just a very special place for us."
Lauren Burr and her husband Josh spent a lot of time on the Ocean City Boardwalk. The pair met in 2006, and strolled the area getting to know each other over time.
Two years later, Josh handed Lauren a card on Valentine's Day. They were back at the Boardwalk on Dorchester Street, and the card read: "You'll always have the key to my heart."
He pulled out a lock and placed it on a post just across from Candy Kitchen.
"He carved our initials, J and L, and he hung it on the post," Burr said. "Then we threw our keys into the ocean."
Years would pass - Josh would join the military and Lauren spent a lot of time at Dorchester Street during his deployment. The pair married in 2010 and moved to
North Carolina in 2011. When they found out they would become a family of three later that year, they came back to Ocean City to hang a tiny lock with theirs.
So, you can imagine Lauren's disappointment just after Valentine's Day when friends told her their lock, and the post it was attached to, were gone.
"I posted our story to the Official Ocean City Facebook page, and there were hundreds of likes and hundreds of shares about the missing locks."
Through the powers of social media, Lauren's story caught the eye of several people with Ocean City. It didn't take long for someone to track them down to
a storage unit where the posts are being held while they're being refinished.
"I'm so happy, I can't stop crying," Lauren said. "I'm just touched by everyone's selfless efforts to help me."
Town officials announced today that they hope to have the locks polished and the post returned to Dorchester Street.
"We know our visitors have a special place in their heart for Ocean City," said town Council Member Doug Cymek. "Something that we might think is so small, is clearly a huge part of someone else's memories of the beach."