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Wednesday, December 1, 2010

"Roxy", Terrier Mix, White/Tan, Carmel

Roxy is an adult terrier mix who is wearing a collar with ID tags, a body harness and is microchipped. Her family was visiting relatives in the Carmel area, and they took her to a groomer for a bath. While at the groomer, Roxy escaped through the front door. She was spotted a couple of times in the surrounding area throughout that Saturday. There was a possible sighting on Sunday, but follow up information was not available to check. 

Her people stood out on Highway One with a large banner asking if anybody had seen Roxy. A woman stopped by and said she thought she had seen a dog that looked like Roxy that Monday morning on her way to work deceased on the road at the intersection of Highway One and Handley. She said she was convinced it was Roxy. She said she went by later that day and did not see the body, so she assumed either Cal Trans or the owner had come by to pick it up. 

Roxy's people were convinced that the body this woman saw was Roxy since the sightings and the body were all in the similar area, and there were no other sightings of Roxy after that Monday. They called me one week after Roxy was missing, told me what they had discovered and wanted me to confirm that the body was Roxy's. I asked them if Cal Trans had confirmed they picked up a body in that area, and they said they had not talked to Cal Trans to confirm that information. Animal Control said they did not know what would happen to bodies found on the highway. Even though Roxy had visible ID and the body harness, her people thought that Cal Trans would pick up the body and just discard it. I said I did not think that would happen. They would take the body somewhere for the people to be contacted. 

We went to the spot where the body was supposedly seen by this woman. We did pick up Roxy's scent in the area, on both sides of the highway, and we picked up her scent up on Handley, and it also appears she spent some time at a home on the front porch down at the end of one of the streets. From there the track went back down Handley and then turned right down the highway and went all the way down the road and wrapped around the high school, all the way to the isolated part of the back. There was a lot of construction at the school, so there were a lot of storage and office trailers and supplies. 

After leaving the school, the track went straight down Ocean all the way down to the beach. At the beach the track made a right and went all the way down to the end, and then went up onto the Pebble Beach Golf course. From here the track went along the golf course and went eventually up to main roads and went all along the coast and along the 17 Mile Drive. 

The weather was very windy and overcast and eventually was raining hard. We had to stop the search around 4 PM because we could not see in front of us due to the wind and rain. 

By the time we stopped, I told Roxy's person that there were signs that she had been picked up somewhere, in my opinion, after the high school. The back of the school was very isolated and was a very easy spot for somebody to hide for long periods totally undetected, especially on the weekend. If she got to the school by Sunday, and a transient/nomad type of person was there, they could have coaxed her over. 

The other possible pick up spot could have been on the beach. Roxy's person said that Ocean is the normal way they would go to the beach and that they would go to that specific beach a lot. If Roxy got to the beach on her own and recognized the place, she may have sat down somewhere to rest and may be been hungry and could have been coaxed over by somebody sitting on the beach. 

I sent the following email to Roxy's person a few days after the search:


I just had dinner with a friend who is living here in San Leandro, but has been a past resident of Monterey/Carmel area and still goes down there a lot. I was telling her about being in Carmel to look for Roxy, and she told me, all on her own, about a dog she saw last week.

Last Tuesday, one week ago, she said she was driving through Santa Cruz on her way back to the Bay Area, and she was driving along Highway One. She said she had just come out of Santa Cruz, and was heading north along Highway One. She said it was approximately 1:30 PM (she said she remembers the time because she had to be back in the Bay Area by 3 PM). She said she was on the part where Mission Blvd turns into One. Here is the link on Google Map.,+ca&sll=37.0625,-95.677068&sspn=33.077336,59.150391&ie=UTF8&hq=&hnear=Santa+Cruz,+California&ll=36.961346,-122.063255&spn=0.032577,0.057764&t=h&z=14

She said she saw a little whitesh dog with a collar and tags and a harness run across the  highway, crossing in front of her. She said it struck her as unusual because where the dog came from, she said she knew nothing was there but open space, and where the dog was heading was residences, but a ways away. She said she had not come to the Wilder Ranch State Park. She also knew the area enough to know that nobody would be around because everybody takes 17 to go north. 

I showed her Roxy's picture on Craigslist, and she said the picture looked very similar to the dog she saw. But she definitely saw a collar with tags and the harness, but she couldn't say the color of the harness.

If Roxy was carried into Santa Cruz from Pebble Beach and got loose somehow, this could be her. We don't know the timeframe of the track we were following without positive sightings. The only thing close is the possible one on Sunday, but that is unclear, or go back to the ones on Saturday.

I asked my friend that if somebody carried her on a bike from Pebble Beach to Santa Cruz, could they make it from Sunday to Tuesday. She said Yes. She said there are routes from the two locations. 

Have you contacted Santa Cruz Animal Control to let them know she is missing?"

They said they would continue to look for Roxy. 

Track #1:

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Total Distance: 15.40 km (9.6 mi)
Total Time: 4:12:45
Moving Time: 4:01:20
Average Pace: 16.41 min/km (26.4 min/mi)
Average Moving Pace: 15.67 min/km (25.2 min/mi)
Min Pace: 1.28 min/km (2.1 min/mi)
Min Elevation: -56 m (-182 ft)
Max Elevation: 146 m (480 ft)
Elevation Gain: 348 m (1141 ft)
Max Grade: 18 %
Min Grade: -25 %
Recorded: Sun Dec 05 11:13:32 PST 2010

Track #2:

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Total Distance: 2.82 km (1.8 mi)
Total Time: 32:43
Moving Time: 27:31
Average Pace: 11.61 min/km (18.7 min/mi)
Average Moving Pace: 9.76 min/km (15.7 min/mi)
Min Pace: 3.89 min/km (6.3 min/mi)
Min Elevation: -41 m (-135 ft)
Max Elevation: -15 m (-50 ft)
Elevation Gain: 101 m (332 ft)
Max Grade: 0 %
Min Grade: 0 %
Recorded: Sun Dec 05 15:26:29 PST 2010