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Search underway for dog that escaped from Brown County crash scene

Dog belonged to 10-year-old crash victim
Posted at 1:50 PM, Dec 04, 2018

BETHEL, Ohio — Jim Berns has worked on more than 500 pet search and rescue cases. But a search Tuesday in Brown County stands out.

Berns, his dog Hank and other volunteers are searching for a dog that escaped from a deadly crash scene last week on Bethel New Hope Road. The missing dog, Ellie, belonged to one of three crash victims, 10-year-old Cameron Moler who died in the crash. Robert Moler, 83, and Nicholas Moler, 33, also died.

“I can only imagine what the mother is going through having lost three family members to that accident,” Berns said.

Family members say Ellie survived the crash, but disappeared shortly after. The search for the dog started on Monday.

“This dog is still alive, running around. I’m very, very sure they’re going to get the pet back but it may take a few days,” Berns said.

Berns, a search dog handler with Pet Search and Rescue, is aiding in the search alongside the Brown County Animal Shelter.

“It’s a mixture of residential area, wood areas. We do have streets that we’re keeping an eye on hoping that she doesn’t get hit on the roads,” explained Chief Warden Melissa Downs.

Downs said the the shelter received about a dozen tips. She said the accident happened about five miles from the family’s home. Downs advises residents not to chase or call out for Ellie, instead call the shelter at 937-378-3457. Tipsters can also call Brianne VanPelt at 513-515-7884 if you believe you see Ellie.

Cameron Moler was a fourth-grader at Kilgour Elementary.

Police said alcohol and speed were suspected contributors to the crash. Neither of the adults had been wearing a seatbelt. In a news release, troopers identified Nicholas Moler as the driver.