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It’s a mystery that has captured the hearts and curiosity of many across the nation.
A Mililani surfer is on a personal crusade to locate family or friends of a woman whose urn was found floating in the ocean near Diamond Head.
Heather Faustin has been overwhelmed with phone calls and emails after sharing her very personal discovery with KHON2 on Sunday.
“It says on here Jan. 10 and I found it on Jan. 14 and it says it came from Marina Del Ray in California, so I was just a little unsure because I don’t think it could float here in four days,” Faustin said.
For six months, Faustin explored websites and search engines and made numerous phone calls, hoping to find someone who knew the deceased woman, Betty Rhea Hilton Hauptman.
“I look at everything as an opportunity, whether I’m supposed to link this person back to their family or just whatever it is. It wasn’t something that I was freaked out about at all. It was just like, ‘Okay, now I got to take it and I got to do everything I can to find her family.'” Faustin said.
On Monday, Irene Goldberg heard the story of the mystery urn found in Hawaii on her car radio in Los Angeles.
“Just by accident I happened to overhear the name and then I immediately remember her,” Goldberg said. “I knew her personally because we were both in the travel industry.”
According to state records, Hauptman owned Aquarius Travel and Tours. Goldberg says her friend was a well-respected travel agent, but when it came to her personal life, she was extremely private.
“To my knowledge, she has no family here that I knew of at any time or that she ever mentioned. And the only family that she may have if at all is in Israel,” Goldberg said.
Goldberg was sad to hear her friend’s remains weren’t properly cared for.
“I can’t understand how they weren’t scattered,” Goldberg said.
KHON2 contacted the southern California funeral home that cremated Hauptman. A spokesman says they released the urn to her Power of Attorney. He said the Power of Attorney would contact KHON2.
Faustin is not losing hope.
“Some people told me that they have new things like they have weights inside the box and it’s just supposed to sink to the bottom, but it was floating so I don’t it was a malfunction or if it was on its way over here and it fell off something. I’m not sure,” Faustin said. “I just hope that we can link her to her family and find some sort of connection.”
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