Missing dog found safe after deadly crash

August 19, 2010 5:34:19 PM PDT
Officials say a dog that went missing after a weekend crash on a New Jersey highway that killed a Maryland man has been found unharmed.

Bodhi - a 2-year-old, 40-pound basset hound mix - was riding in a sport utility vehicle driven by his owner, 20-year-old John Everhart of Bethesda, when it overturned Sunday on Interstate 80 in Paterson.

Everhart's stepmother called Paterson Chief Animal Control Officer John De Cando on Tuesday to say a passenger who survived the crash said the dog had run away. And when a city resident reported a stray dog Thursday, officials soon identified it as Bodhi.

De Cando said the dog still had its tags and appeared to be in good health. He said one of Everhart's friends would take the dog back to Maryland, where it will be cared for by Everhart's family.