Bracelet containing mother's ashes found in Houston airport bathroom

Feb. 4 (UPI) -- A bracelet containing a loved one's ashes was found in a Texas airport bathroom and now will be returned to its owner, thanks to the power of social media.

Desiree Encinas said she traveled from Arizona to Houston to visit family, and after landing she found a bracelet in the bathroom at Hobby Airport.


Encinas said the bracelet bore a thumbprint and appeared to contain human ashes.

"I knew it would be important to someone," Encinas told KTRK-TV.

The bracelet belonged to Shara Fisher, an Illinois resident who also flew into Houston to visit family. She said she did not know the bracelet, which contained the ashes of her recently deceased mother, was missing until the next day.

"I didn't realize it was gone until the next morning when I went to show it to my daughter," Fisher told KPRC-TV.

"It was very personal to me," Fisher said. "I lost my mom on Christmas Eve, so I had not had the bracelet very long."

Encinas and Fisher both posted about the bracelet on Facebook in the hopes of having it returned to its owner. Fisher's daughter was able to connect with Encinas on Wednesday.

"I was so emotional that at one point I actually had to pull over on the side of the road," Fisher said of learning the bracelet had been located. "I was just crying. I was so excited."

Fisher said she and her siblings plan to visit Arizona to retrieve the bracelet from Encinas in person. She said Arizona was her mother's favorite place, and they are planning to spread their mother's ashes in Sedona.

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