Missing shells returned to 4-year-old’s Lillian Street memorial

By on June 23, 2018

Missing since mid-week, a collection of shells at at the memorial for a 4-year-old New Hampshire boy who drowned las April are back where they belong.

Deborah Mennicucci, the caretaker of the mailbox, wrote on Facebook Saturday that they were found at the flagpole at the Liilian Street beach access by Kitty Hawk’s director of public works, Willie Midgett. He took them to her house and she returned them to the memorial.

The items were part of the little red and orange mailbox for Wesley Belisle, who died after being pulled into the ocean by a shore-breaking wave while walking with his family in April. The collection of orange-painted shells and a hand-painted anchor had been taken from the seating area under the memorial at the access.

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The box is adorned with a set of wings in Wesley’s favorite color of orange and includes a book where visitors can leave a message of hope.

After the drowning, a memorial started appearing on the beach at Lillian Street the next day that included dozens of seashells with messages of condolence and hope. Some of those shells were collected, painted orange, Wesley’s favorite color, and placed with the mailbox, which was erected last month as a memorial.

The handpainted anchor included the words, “Wesley Strong”.

The mailbox was erected on May 24, and is the 12th mailbox of hope. The first was placed at the Glenmere access by Sue Goodrich.

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