Owners reunited with vintage wedding dress that was sucked away by tornado

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A vintage wedding dress that was lost in an Illinois tornado and found in Iowa has been reunited with its owners.

An EF-2  tornado sucked the wedding gown out of an attic in East Moline, and carried it more than two miles across the Mississippi River into Le Claire, Iowa.

"We thought we'd lost it forever," said Donna Morford, who wore the dress in her wedding in 1958.

Her daughter, Jill Stawicki, wore it in her 1987 wedding too. Both cried over finding the dress, which Le Claire Police had posted on Facebook, looking for its owners.

"You have no idea," cried Stawicki. "When everything is gone and it's a little piece, a little piece that comes back," she said, holding the satin and lace gown.

The gown was stored in a box, that was found in perfect condition Wednesday morning on a hill in Le Claire overlooking the river.

The National Weather Service tells WQAD-TV that the tornado carried the box about 2-and-a-half miles.

Morford lost her home, which was built by her family in the 1800's.

Ironically, her granddaughter is getting married Saturday.