Cremated ashes found inside ‘message in a bottle’ in Destin


DESTIN, Fla. (WKRG) – Mobile man John Breland had a big surprise Thursday morning when he found a message in a bottle on the beach. 

Around 11:00 a.m. John picked up the green tinted glass container to find a bag of cremated ashes. The bag reads: ‘Cremated remains of Jacquelene Elizabeth Barineau. 1964-2018.’

Anna Breland, John’s twin sister, sent the attached videos to WKRG just moments after the discovery. John broke and opened the bottle to uncover money and a letter from ‘Jackie’ instructing the finder to contact her family after the bottle had been recovered. 

The letter reads:

‘February 17, 2019. Hi my name is Jackie, this letter is being written by mother and brother. I passed away February 9, 2018. I was born August 2, 1964. My time was cut short, so I am traveling the seas to see the world one wave at a time. If you find me please contact my family…. here is some money to for you to help me on my way after you have contacted my family please.’

As of now, there is no word on where the bottle came from. An obituary found online for Barineau shows her hometown to be Knoxville, TN. 


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