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Faithful dog found beside body of elderly guardian

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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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