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Body Of Missing Hiker Found After 2 Months, Accompanied By Loyal Surviving Dog

Featured Image Credit: Colorado Missing Person Organization

A hiker who had gone missing two months ago was tragically discovered deceased, while his loyal canine companion miraculously survived by his side.

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A hiker who had gone missing two months ago was tragically discovered deceased, while his loyal canine companion miraculously survived by his side.

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On August 19, 2023, Rich Moore embarked on a remarkable journey alongside his faithful Jack Russell terrier, Finney. Their goal: conquering the majestic summit of Blackhead Peak, located just east of Pagosa Springs.

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After going missing, the 71-year-old man and his 14-year-old furry companion vanished without a trace. Sadly, on October 30th, a rescue team made the heartbreaking discovery of Moore’s lifeless body while his loyal companion, Finney, was found alive, faithfully by his owner’s side.

When it became apparent that Moore and Finney were missing, search and rescue teams dedicated over 2,000 hours to scouring the area in search of the man and his dog. However, despite finding his car, Moore himself remained elusive, as reported.

Nearly two months later, Moore was finally found in the Lower Blanco drainage basin just a day before Halloween by a hunter. The Denver Gazette reports that Finney, Moore’s loyal companion, had managed to survive throughout that entire time in the wilderness, steadfastly staying by his owner’s side.

Search and rescue teams were deployed to the forest to locate and retrieve Moore’s remains, while his faithful Jack Russell was promptly taken to a veterinarian for immediate care.

The pair went missing on 19 August. Credit: Colorado Missing Persons Organization
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In a Facebook post, Taos Search and Rescue provided an update to their followers regarding the search efforts. They mentioned that Delinda Vanne-Brightyn, a member of TSAR, along with her certified K9 partner AkioYodasan, promptly responded to the initial search.

Delinda writes: “We searched from just under the peak-top and directly West, searching down the mountain toward where his car was located. Winds were directly from the West/Soutwest. It was so steep, we were inserted in by a helicopter. He was found 2.5 miles East of the mountain-top beneath where we were inserted.”

People have flocked to the post, expressing their condolences and offering support for Moore’s faithful canine companion. One user remarked: “Oh my goodness…his sweet dog stayed with him for over two months? Sending prayers for his family. Thank you for your work in locating him and giving this family some closure.”

“Amazing that the dog stayed with him. They are truly man’s best friend,” another added.

The Denver Gazette reports that the official cause of Moore’s death has not yet been disclosed, and there is no suspicion of foul play.

The post concludes: “Delinda and TSAR would like to send our condolences to the family, but are glad they were able to gain some closure as well as bring their dog back home.”

If you have experienced a bereavement and would like to speak with someone in confidence, contact Cruse Bereavement Care via their national helpline on 0808 808 1677

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