Metro Atlanta woman’s cremated remains wash up on beach

The cremated remains of a DeKalb County woman washed up on a Florida beach and were turned over to the Okaloosa County, Fla., Sheriff’s Office. (Credit: Facebook/OkaloosaSheriff)
Caption
The cremated remains of a DeKalb County woman washed up on a Florida beach and were turned over to the Okaloosa County, Fla., Sheriff’s Office. (Credit: Facebook/OkaloosaSheriff)

It was a bizarre’s discovery to say the least — ashes of a DeKalb County woman found washed up on the beach in Destin, Fla., eight days ago.

A man found the cremated remains within a plastic bag tagged with a name, date of birth and Social Security number. Also listed was the location of the woman’s death, DeKalb County, and the name of the funeral home that handled the cremation.

The man turned the bag over to Okaloosa County, Fla., sheriff’s officials, according to a Facebook post.

The sheriff’s office Wednesday made contact with Wages and Sons Funeral Home in Lawrenceville, which confirmed the bag contained the cremains of Ngacloan Hua.

Hua’s sister was contacted by sheriff’s Evidence Technician Monique Caldwell, according to the post. The sister told Caldwell she and other family members had gone to a spot in Georgia to pray for her sister where, they believe, a box containing the ashes was stolen.

How the ashes ended up on a beach in the Florida Panhandle remains a mystery. Hua’s family had no connection to Destin, the sheriff’s office said.

The package was secured and sent to Hua’s family, who were “absolutely elated” to have them back, deputies said.

In other news:

Caption
They were kicked out by police for trespassing Thursday night, and allowed to come back Saturday morning to clear out their belongings.

About the Author

ajc.com

Editors' Picks