Many people make all kinds of discoveries at the beach like class rings, wedding rings, or even messages in bottles.
But one mysterious discovery along Diamond Head beach will have you scratching your head, wondering how and why it is here.
A surfer was walking along the beach when she found an urn along the shoreline.
It’s not just any urn — it’s sealed and marked with a name on it. Now, her mission to make sure the woman gets a proper burial.
Heather Faustin has been holding onto the urn since January when she discovered it near some rocks off of Black Point.
“I went over to it and picked it up and I saw it had someone’s name on it and someone’s ashes,” Mililani resident Heather Faustin said.
The urn is sealed off at the top like it’s never been opened.
“It’s totally in tact when I shake it you can totally tell there’s something in it,” Faustin said. “I feel like if I opened it would be tampering with it and not respectful.”
Now, she’s on a mission to make sure it gets a proper burial.
“It was a little weird, but I knew I couldn’t just leave it there. My first reaction was to find the family,” Faustin said.
On the urn are some hints to where it came from.
The name on the box reads “Betty Rhea Hilton Hauptman” and says she is from Marina Del Rey, Calif.
“I was able to get a phone number, but it was disconnected and then I tried to call the apartment that she lived in and another dead-end. They didn’t really know where to direct me,” Faustin said.
After searching for six months, she decided to go public, hoping to get more answers.
KHON2 asked boat captains who are accustomed with burials at sea and even they thought it was an unusual find.
“Generally, what we do is sail off Waikiki out far enough to drop the ashes, and seldom do we drop an urn,” Sail Blue Hawaii Captain Gaelyn Penberthy said.
For now, there are more questions than answers.
“That is a mystery and I have no idea how that it could be. I hope they do connect and find out and lay to rest the person properly,” Penberthy said.
“For me, if it was my grandma, I couldn’t just not know, I’d want to know. I hope someone would contact me and let me know,” Faustin said.
KHON2 are helping Faustin with her search.
If she isn’t able to make contact with the family soon, she plans to scatter the ashes herself to make sure the woman is properly laid to rest.