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Dog missing after fatal I-95 crash found, reunited with victim's family

Deputy Nofsinger poses with the victim's family along with Dorchester Co. coroner Melissa Clark (Source: Dorchester Co. Coroner's Office) Deputy Nofsinger poses with the victim's family along with Dorchester Co. coroner Melissa Clark (Source: Dorchester Co. Coroner's Office)
Darla the dog that went missing and was found Wednesday (Source: Dorchester Co. Coroner's Office) Darla the dog that went missing and was found Wednesday (Source: Dorchester Co. Coroner's Office)
Darla the dog that went missing and was found Wednesday (Source: Dorchester Co. Coroner's Office) Darla the dog that went missing and was found Wednesday (Source: Dorchester Co. Coroner's Office)
(Source: Dorchester Co. Coroner's Office) (Source: Dorchester Co. Coroner's Office)

A dog has been found and returned to the victim's family following a fatal crash on I-95 in Dorchester County on Sunday morning. 

Dorchester County Sheriff's Office deputy Karen Nofsinger found the dog on an overpass Wednesday.

On Thursday, Dorchester County Coroner Melissa Clark reunited the dog with the family of Ashley Jane Blandon, 20, of Forest City, NC.

“I am relieved that Darla has been located and is safe”, said Coroner Paul J. Brouthers. “I hope this will bring some measure of comfort to the family; to have Darla returned to them in the wake of such a tragic event of losing Ashley in the collision.”

After Noffsinger found the dog she contacted Deputy Coroner Melissa Clarke to inform her and transferred the dog into her care.

"Deputy Coroner Clarke cared for the dog until today when she met with Ashley Blandon’s father and transferred the dog to him," officials with the coroner's office stated. 

The Dorchester County Animal Control and Sgt Brian Mosier of the Dorchester County Sheriff’s Office also participated in the search for Darla.

Blandon was killed when the Honda Accord she was driving went off the right side of I-95, struck a tree and caught fire, according to Dorchester County Coroner Paul Brouthers.

Blandon's dog, Darla, was traveling with her and was briefly located by first responders at the scene, but Brouthers said the dog escaped before it was found on Wednesday. 

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