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Dog missing for year after car crash heading home
Dog missing since fatal wreck in NM a year ago heading home to Michigan
By The Associated Press

TUCUMCARI, N.M (AP) ' A Maltese dog named Ceasar who disappeared more than a year ago after a car crash that killed two members of its owning family near Tucumcari is on his way home to Michigan.

The Quay County Sun reports Wednesday ( ) that Ceasar was found by a volunteer looking for adoptable dogs at the local shelter. She was able to track down his owner, Monica Benson, after he was scanned for a microchip.

Benson, who lost her husband and a daughter in the accident, said her four surviving children are very excited and have made welcome home posters for Caesar.

"This has been the best news we have received in a year," she said.

Caesar left Tucumcari this week for Clio, Mich.

The Benson family was traveling westbound lanes of I-40 near Tucumcari on June 15, 2010, when their 2001 Chevrolet mini-van driven overturned.

Gary and Emily Benson died from injuries in the accident. One of the other children, then 18-month-old, Benjamin was placed in an Intensive Care Unit.

"While Benjamin was in the ICU, we placed picture of him and Caesar on the walls." Monica Benson told the newspaper. "When he woke up he would point at the pictures and say Caesar."

Benson said the family returned to the accident and tried to find Caesar.

"It has been so hard," Monica Benson said. "There are pictures all over the house and Benjamin would point at them and ask "where's Caesar?"

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