A man who’d been missing for more than two months after going with his dog has sadly been found dead — though his pooch was alive and by his side. Rich Moore and his Jack Russell, Finney, headed out on August 19, 2023 to climb Blackhead Peak in Pagosa Springs, Colorado. Sadly, the 71-year-old and his 14-year-old pet never returned.
Rich Moore’s body was discovered on October 30.
Search and rescue teams had spent more than 2,000 hours over the past two months looking for Moore and his dog, to no avail. They did locate his car, but there was no sign of the man himself or his beloved pet.
However, at the end of October, a hunter found Moore’s body in the Lower Blanco drainage basin, the Denver Gazette reports. However, the most miraculous thing was that Finney had actually survived all this time and was still by his owner’s side.
Search and rescue teams quickly swooped in.
They worked to recover Moore’s body so that it could be identified by his family. They also took Finney to a vet so he could be assessed and get all the care he needed.
Taos Search and Rescue wrote in a Facebook post that member Delinda Vanne-Brightyn and her K9 AkioYodasan headed to the scene upon hearing the reports of a body.
“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/Southwest. 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,” Delinda wrote.
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People were sad to hear of Moore’s death and moved by Finney’s loyalty.
“Amazing that the dog stayed with him. They are truly man’s best friend,” one person commented on the Facebook post.
Another added: “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.”