A butterfly-shaped urn and a battered Bible: The sad scavenger hunt after Hurricane Ian

FORT MYERS, Fla. — They’re strangers in many if not all cases, bonded by grief and grit on a sad scavenger hunt of sorts.

Ever since Hurricane Ian raged across Southwest Florida, they’ve scoured neighborhoods and social media hoping to find beloved belongings scattered by the surging water and heavy winds — or to unearth and return someone else’s sentimental treasures, so many of which were left buried beneath debris or floating in receding floodwater.