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Bottle With Man's Ashes Washes Ashore, Cop Sends It Back Out

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By    |   Monday, 09 September 2019 01:14 PM

A bottle containing the ashes of a Texas man along with handwritten notes from his grieving family honoring his wish to travel the world in "one last adventure" has been returned to the Gulf of Mexico after washing ashore in Florida.

The ashes were of Garland tow truck driver Brian Mullins, who died earlier this year, CBS News reported. As an avid fisherman, he had two dreams — to see the world and to go ocean fishing. He died before either one could come true, so Brian's distraught mother decided to fulfill his wish by sending a bottle filled with his ashes on a voyage.

Last week, however, a beachgoer came across the bottle near Miramar Beach in the Florida Panhandle and handed it over to local authorities. It was Sgt. Paula Pendleton of the Walton County Sheriff's Office who unraveled the notes, and what she read moved her to tears. The first note was written by Brian's mother.

"This bottle contains the ashes of my son, Brian, who suddenly and unexpectedly passed on March 9, 2019," she wrote. "I'm sending him on one last adventure."

The second note was written by Brian's daughter.

"When my father passed, I was 14 years old," it read. "It has struck our whole family pretty hard and, so far, it has been a very hard road. But, like my granny said, he loved to be free. So, that's exactly what we are doing."

Inside the bottle were four $1 bills, which Brian's mother had included to help pay for phone charges in hopes that whoever came across the bottle would contact the family with an update of its whereabouts. Their contact details were included at the bottom of the notes.

Having lost her husband, Pendleton was no stranger to grief. She was touched by what Brian's family was trying to do and knew she had to act.

"I was overwhelmed with emotion," she said. "I sat in here, in my patrol car, and cried like a baby."

Pendleton happens to be friends with a chartered boat captain and arranged for him to ferry the ashes out into the Gulf. She contacted the family to let them know the bottle had been found, and on Friday it was set out into the ocean to continue Brian's adventure.

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A bottle containing the ashes of a Texas man along with handwritten notes from his grieving family honoring his wish to travel the world in "one last adventure" has been returned to the Gulf of Mexico after washing ashore in Florida.
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