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July 16, 2019

The mystery of a 20-foot cross that washed ashore in Fort Lauderdale may have been solved

February 10, 2019
A 20-foot cross may have floated from an inlet on Hatteras Island, N.C. to Fort Lauderdale. (CHUCK BURTON / AP)

It appears the 20-foot tall cross that washed ashore near a Tiki bar in Fort Lauderdale Saturday might not have been a message from God after all.

A woman whose brother went missing in 2016 says the giant artifact that made headlines over the weekend may have been a memorial that was erected in his honor and washed to sea by Hurricane Michael last fall.


Robin Stowe told the Miami Herald the cross in question resembles one that friends of her brother, Capt. Richard Baran, built after he disappeared during a solo hunting exhibition near the North Carolina shoreline, roughly 1,000 miles north of Fort Lauderdale.

The weathered religious symbol caused a stir when it showed up on a Florida beachfront, covered in barnacles, near a tourist resort. Greg Gay, who was visiting from Michigan and admitted he doesn’t go to church regularly, told ABC News that friends of his joked it might be a sign that the giant cross found its way to where he was vacationing.

“I felt heavenly about it,” he confessed.

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