John Mellein photo

Beach glass collector John Mellein of South Haven is shown reading a message he found last week in a bottle on a beach in South Haven. The message was written by Carly Walters of Grand Rapids in memory of her mother. 

SOUTH HAVEN — In the 22 years that John Mellein has spent collecting beach glass, he always dreamed of some day finding a message in a bottle.

His dream came true last week, but not quite the way he expected.