A "message in a bottle" found on a Florida beach wasn't what she expected


A piece of "lost property" turned in to a Florida sheriff's deputy after being found on a beach wound up being a message in a bottle that contained the ashes of a beloved family member. The Walton County Sheriff's Office said Sergeant Paula Pendleton was on patrol Thursday when she was given a bottle containing two notes, four $1 bills and a small pouch of human ashes. The notes read, "This bottle contains the cremation ashes of my son, Brian, who suddenly and unexpectedly passed on March 9, 2019...More than anything, he longed to be free, so I'm sending him on one last adventure." The notes said the $4 enclosed in the bottle was meant to cover the cost of a phone call to the family to let them know where the bottle ended up.


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