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Authorities catch dog who stayed with owner's body

Published September 2, 2009 4:35 pm

Pet » The dog wandered Green Canyon for 27 days.
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Cache County authorities on Wednesday afternoon trapped a dog who had stayed with his 18-year-old owner after she apparently committed suicide in the wilderness.

The 5-month-old dog, a German Shepherd-wolf mix called both Forrest and Gerome, had begun wandering the Green Canyon 27 days earlier, when authorities first began searching for Andrea Celina Roye. Her body was found Sunday evening near the Beirdneau Trail.

The Cache County Sheriff's Office has said Roye's death appears to be a suicide, but would not say why.

Cache County sheriff's Lt. Matt Bilodeau said the puppy had stayed with Roye's body, but ran off when searchers came near it.

Deputies on Tuesday took Roye's mother and brother to the site where Roye was found, and the dog was still in the area. Authorities set traps and eventually captured the dog, returning it to the family.

The girl's family returned to their Nevada home Wednesday afternoon.

Bilodeau said finding the dog brought Roye's family some closure and "gave them something that she had."

Said Bilodeau: "They're doing the best they can given the circumstance."

Steve Gehrke