A woman is searching for her lost dog after her mother was killed and she was seriously injured in a Jeep accident in Chaffee County last week.
The accident happened August 7 on Iron Chest Road, which is a four-wheel-drive road about three miles above St. Elmo, according to The Mountain Mail.
The newspaper reports Jennifer Orr of Wichita, Kansas was driving her 2014 Jeep Wrangler in a caravan of five privately-owned Jeeps. She tried to maneuver the Jeep over a large rock in the road, but it started to slide, went off the road, and fell 600 feet down the mountainside.
Jennifer died on the scene. Her daughter, Sam Orr, was taken to the hospital with serious injuries and is expected to fully recover, according to her Facebook page.
Sam’s 1-year-old goldendoodle, Bentley, was thrown from the Jeep and has not been found. Her family is asking anyone in the St. Elmo or Hancock Area to be on the lookout for him.
Photos of Bentley are available above. He also answers to Bear and Brad.
Chaffee County Search and Rescue said a deputy spent about two hours at the scene of the crash the next day, and there was no sign of the dog.
Search and Rescue said the road leading to the Jeep is an extreme four-wheel-drive road requiring specialized vehicles and skill. The terrain where the Jeep landed is a 45 to 60 percent slope, and rock slides are highly likely. They said no one should try to go near the Jeep or down the slope, but should keep an eye out for Bentley along the road.
Bentley is chipped, neutered, and was wearing a blue collar.
Anyone with information on his whereabouts should call Teema at 316-304-1055. The family has also set up a Facebook page to coordinate information about the search.