This is what I found on NBCNEWYORK.COM:
A bottle containing the ashes of a Texas man along with some handwritten notes from loved ones has been returned to the Gulf of Mexico, resuming its ocean journey after it washed up on a Florida Panhandle beach.
The beachgoer who found the bottle near Miramar Beach handed it over to local authorities last week. Inside were some of the ashes of Brian Mullins, a tow truck driver from Garland, Texas, who died earlier this year at age 39.
Sgt. Paula Pendleton of the Walton County Sheriff’s Office said she cried while reading the notes, which included the phone number of the deceased man’s family. His mother had placed four $1 bills in the bottle to help pay for the phone calls she hoped people would make to update her family on the bottle’s journey.
“This bottle contains the ashes of my son, Brian, who suddenly and unexpectedly passed on March 9, 2019,” one of the handwritten notes said. “I’m sending him on one last adventure.”
“He was an avid fisherman. He wanted to travel the world,” his mother Darlene Mullins said, noting that her son had never gone ocean fishing.
Mullins was unable to take her son’s ashes out to sea herself, so relatives bound for Florida released it into the tide in early August, from the small Panhandle community of Destin.
Mullins thought that was the last they’d see of the bottle, but after it showed up again, Pendleton enlisted an acquaintance to take the ashes far away from the Florida coast.
The bottle, the dollar bills and the ashes are again at sea.
— Walton Co. Sheriff (@WCSOFL) September 6, 2019
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