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Memorial ash bracelet found at Jacksonville gas station

Woman who found it hopes to also find owner

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – A Jacksonville woman is searching for the owner of a custom-made memorial bracelet believed to have a father's ashes inside it.

Meshelle Ward found the bracelet lying on top of a gas pump at the BP gas station on University Boulevard. The silver bracelet reads, "Dad -- Forever in my heart." 

"I took it to the BP, and no one had asked or called for the bracelet," Ward told News4Jax. "I just feel bad because my mom passed away and I have her ashes. I just don't want someone's loved one just laying around."

Ward posted on Facebook in the hopes of tracking down the owner of the memento. Her post has since been shared over 2,000 times. 

She said her mother died and she knows what it's like to lose a parent, which is why she hopes to find the bracelet's owner so they can be reunited with their father. 

"Dad is safely here with me, and I pray that this will take dad home with his family," Ward said.

Jeweler Julie Mihalakos at Julie's Jewelry and Appraisals explained that engraved pieces are popular among people grieving a loved one. 

"Memorial pieces, they’re very important to someone because when somebody loses a loved one -- whether that is a child, husband, wife -- they don’t have their presence there so, therefore, the memorial piece is now going to take the place of missing them," Mihalakos said. "You cannot put a tax value to a piece that someone has their loved one’s ashes inside. You can’t put a value to it. To them, it’s irreplaceable. If something happens to it, it’s totally irreplaceable."

Anyone who knows who the bracelet belongs to can message Ward on Facebook.


About the Authors:

Carianne Luter is a social media producer for News4Jax and has worked at Channel 4 since December 2015. She graduated from the University of North Florida with a degree in communications.