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A gripping story about love, loss and a message in a bottle has connected two grieving families, separated by the Gulf of Mexico

Man's ashes go into the sea in a bottle for & # 39; a final adventure & # 39; and finds another grieving family before he travels

  • Brian Mullins, 39, from Texas died of a heart attack in March
  • His daughter and mother cremated him and put some of his ashes in a two-letter plastic bottle with some cash before they threw it in the Gulf of Mexico
  • Walton County Sheriff & # 39; s Office Sgt. Paula Pendleton recently received a phone call about the bottle, which was found after it was washed up on a beach in Florida
  • Pendleton's husband, Bill, died of a sudden illness in 2018
  • She wept after opening the bottle and reading the two letters in her squadron car
  • She contacted Mullins' daughter and mother and the trio formed a friendship about their mutual mourning
  • Pendleton told Peyton and her grandmother that she had added a note to her bottle before she gave it to a charter boat captain
  • The captain carried the bottle further into the wave to continue Brian & # 39; s journey
  • Peyton has since created a Facebook page called & # 39; Brian & # 39; s Journey & # 39; where fans can follow her father's traits around the world.
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A gripping story about love, loss and a message in a bottle has connected two grieving families, separated by the Gulf of Mexico

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A gripping story about love, loss and a message in a bottle has connected two grieving families, separated by the Gulf of Mexico

A gripping story about love, loss and a message in a bottle has connected two grieving families, separated by the Gulf of Mexico.

Walton County Sheriff Office Sgt. Paula Pendleton became emotional after reading two sincere letters with a phone number embedded in a plastic bottle found near Grayton Beach State Park in Santa Rosa Beach, Florida.

The bottle also contained a few dollars to make a potential phone call and the ashes of Brian Mullins, 39, from Texas, who died of a heart attack within days of his birthday in March.

It was found by a beachgoer who called law enforcement after he found it.

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& # 39; I'm sending him on a final adventure, & # 39; said the first message written by a Darlene Mullins from Garland, Texas.

The second note was written by Peyton Mullins, Brian & # 39; s daughter, who said she was 14 when her father died.

& # 39; It has hit our whole family pretty hard and so far it has been a very difficult road. But, like my grandmother said, he loved being free. So that's exactly what we do. & # 39;

Walton County Sheriff & # 39; s Office Sgt. Paula Pendleton recently received a phone call about the bottle, which was found after it was washed up on a beach in Florida

Walton County Sheriff & # 39; s Office Sgt. Paula Pendleton recently received a phone call about the bottle, which was found after it was washed up on a beach in Florida

Walton County Sheriff & # 39; s Office Sgt. Paula Pendleton recently received a phone call about the bottle, which was found after it was washed up on a beach in Florida

Pendleton cried after opening the bottle and reading the two letters it contained
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Pendleton cried after opening the bottle and reading the two letters it contained

Pendleton cried after opening the bottle and reading the two letters it contained

Peyton told WFAA that she and her grandmother only wanted her father & # 39; to be free & # 39 ;.

& # 39; That was his whole thing. He wanted to travel the world. He wanted to be everywhere, & she said.

Pendleton, whose husband, Bill, died of a sudden illness in 2018, said that after reading the messages, she was reduced to tears. She contacted Darlene and Peyton by phone before doing this again via Skype in the WFAA newsroom on Friday.

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& # 39; And thank you very much for making me scream and cry in my patrol car, & # 39; Pendleton said jokes to the Mullins. & # 39; Sometimes you have to meet the people who come across your life. And I would certainly meet you, Peyton, for sure. & # 39;

Peyton Mullins (photo) and her grandmother, Darlene Mullins, said they wrote the letters and put her father's ashes in the bottle so that he could travel around the world and be free

Peyton Mullins (photo) and her grandmother, Darlene Mullins, said they wrote the letters and put her father's ashes in the bottle so that he could travel around the world and be free

Peyton Mullins (photo) and her grandmother, Darlene Mullins, said they wrote the letters and put her father's ashes in the bottle so that he could travel around the world and be free

Brian Mullins, 39, died of a heart attack a few days after his birthday in March

Brian Mullins, 39, died of a heart attack a few days after his birthday in March

Brian Mullins, 39, died of a heart attack a few days after his birthday in March

An old photo of Brian Mullins with his then daughter
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An old photo of Brian Mullins with his then daughter

An old photo of Brian Mullins with his then daughter

Pendleton told Peyton and her grandmother that she had added a note to her bottle before she handed it to a charter boat captain who carried it further into the gulf so that Brian & # 39; s journeys could continue.

Peyton has since created a Facebook page with the name & # 39;Brian & # 39; s Journey& # 39; where fans can follow her father's journey around the world.

The Walton County Sheriff's office shared the bottle story on its Facebook page where it received 13,000 responses and nearly 1,000 responses.

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& # 39; Brian is officially in the next chapter of his adventure, & # 39; said the sheriff's office on Facebook.

Peyton expressed gratitude after exchanging songs with Pendleton.

& # 39; I have said it several times in a text, but thanks, & # 39; she said. & # 39; There is someone who doesn't know me, but cares about me. & # 39;

& # 39; You're welcome, honey, & # 39; Pendleton replied.

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