Family offering reward for lost dog after deadly Chaffee County crash

Photo: Tom Orr

CHAFFEE COUNTY, Colo (KKTV) - Following a deadly crash on a rugged Chaffee County road, a family is desperately trying to find their missing goldendoodle, Bentley.

Bentley was thrown from the Jeep as it fell 600 feet down a mountainside Aug 7. His family, wrestling with the death of a mother and injuries to a child, is hoping for a miracle.

"We are trying desperately to get the word out about her dog," Tom Orr said of his daughter's 1-year-old pup.

Orr's daughter was injured in the crash, which happened on Iron Chest Road above the ghost town St. Elmo, at an elevation of 11,500 feet. His daughter was airlifted to Pueblo from the crash site and is expected to survive, but her mother Jennifer, who was driving, died at the scene. Jennifer Orr was reportedly trying to maneuver around a large rock and slid off the road.

The family was visiting Colorado from Kansas.

A Facebook group has been set up to help find Bentley. The group offered tips for locating Bentley if he did survive the crash, as he's likely traumatized and in survival mode.

Search and Rescue is asking the public to be aware of the "extreme" danger of the accident site:

A deputy returned to the scene the next day to continue the investigation and spent 2 hours at the vehicle. There was no sign of the dog. The road leading to the vehicle is an extreme 4x4 road and requires specialized vehicles and skill to get there. The terrain where the jeep is located is a 45-60% STEEP slope, is extremely unstable and rock slides are highly likely.

If you are going to look for the dog, keep your eyes out along the roads. Under no circumstances should anyone attempt to go near the vehicle or down the slope. CCSAR-N does not want to add to this tragedy by having to rescue more people from this site."

Orr said the family is offering a $1,000 reward for Bentley.