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Faithful dog found beside body of elderly guardian

Woman's dog stayed by her side after she died
Woman's dog stayed by her side after she died

According to the Riverhead News Review, the body of an elderly woman who was missing in Riverside, N.Y., was discovered on Sunday - her dog was still by her side.

On Thursday, 82-year-old Jean Taber had set out for a walk with her cocker spaniel, but the pair never returned home. A search for the elderly woman began on Saturday.

A helicopter located the woman's body in the woods, a couple of miles from her home, on Sunday afternoon - her loyal dog had never ventured away.

Foul play is not suspected - Trooper Tammy Mickoliger stated:

She was possibly disoriented, and unfortunately may have expired from the elements after a certain amount of time had expired. Until the Medical Examiner’s investigation is done, we can’t speculate on the cause of death.

A veterinarian determined that Ms. Taber's faithful companion suffered from dehydration following the ordeal.

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