Cremains wash up on Destin beach


The family from Georgia has no connection to Destin and no clue how they ended up on a Destin beach.

staff reports

DESTIN — A Georgia woman was reunited with the cremains of her sister after a beachgoer found them washed ashore on a Destin beach.

Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office deputies were called out to Gulf Shore Drive in Destin on July 7 after a man found a plastic bag washed ashore with what appeared to be cremated remains inside.

The bag also contained a tag with a name, date of birth, Social Security numbers, case number, and location of death as DeKalb County, Georgia, as well as the name of a funeral home.

OCSO Evidence Technician Monique Caldwell made contact with Wages and Son Funeral Home in Lawrenceville, Georgia, on Wednesday and confirmed the bag contained the cremains of a woman named Ngacloan Hua.

Contact was made with a sister of Hua, who told Caldwell that she and other family members had gone to a spot in Georgia to pray and she thought Hua’s cremains were with her. However, the box containing the ashes disappeared.

The family never knew what happened to the cremains.

The sister believes it’s possible someone took the cremains while the family was praying. Her family has no connection to Destin and no clue how they ended up on a Destin beach.

Caldwell said the sister was absolutely elated to learn the remains had been located, and asked that OCSO package the bag and return it to the family.