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Mystery remains after ashes found by dog on Coast beach

WHO WAS HE? The empty cremation container that was found at Maroochydore beach.
WHO WAS HE? The empty cremation container that was found at Maroochydore beach. Warren Lynam

JOHN A. Flood, who were you and how did your remains end up on a Maroochydore beach?

This is the question the Sunshine Coast has been trying to resolve since Shaela McRae discovered a plaque with what appeared to be a box for ashes during her morning walk with her dog on Sunday.

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Ms McRae contacted the Flood families on the Coast with no luck and then put the call out to the Daily.

Many readers have come forward with ideas how to track down any family of Mr Flood, who died on April 8, 1990, at the age of 46.

The Daily has also tried to get to the bottom of the mystery, contacting a funeral home, the police and following a blogger's suggestion to look at a death notice printed in the Sydney Morning Herald matching the name and the date.

This indicated Mr Flood lived in the Belara area, in New South Wales.

The John Flood Estate Agency in Muswellbrook, NSW, sounded like a promising link, but wasn't.

The John Flood at the agency had no idea who our John A Flood could be as he had no family connection.

The Daily also contacted Gregson and Weight funeral home. Dean Gregson confirmed the box and the plaque resembled something like a "memorial plaque from a wall and the box looks like a cremation urn".

He didn't think it came from the Sunshine Coast.

One blogger, Karli Valentine Styles thought it may have been the same plaque she saw at the headland part of King's Beach about two years ago, in a rock wall.

But Ms McRae said the box, which had a hole in it and was clearly not meant to be there, was from a crematorium. Police media were also unable to help.

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