Family Finds Black Lab Puppy Lost In Fatal Dennis Byrd Wreck

Sunday, October 16th 2016, 11:57 am
By: Dee Duren

The family of a former Jets player who was killed in a crash north of Claremore has found the dog that had been missing since the crash. Willow ran off from the two-vehicle crash that killed Dennis Byrd, 50, Saturday morning on Highway 88 near Lowry Road.

The 10-week-old black Lab pup was missing overnight despite efforts to find her in the rural area. Family members contacted News On 6 to say the Willow was missing and ask for the public's help in finding her.

Rogers County resident Linda Trout posted the good news on Tess Maune's Facebook page:

I live close to the crash site, and the puppy showed up at my house this morning. She was hungry, but unhurt and currently sleeping in my living room. I notified a friend of the family and they will be here after church to pick her up. SO glad we can reunite this sweet pup with her family!

10/15/2016 Related Story: Former Jets Player Dennis Byrd Dies After Highway 88 Crash
Dennis Byrd and his son, Zach, were in a Hummer hit head-on by an SUV that crossed the center line. 

The Trouts gave Willow to a friend of the family who is taking the pup to Oklahoma City where Byrd's 12-year-old son is undergoing surgery on a leg injury, according to the family friend.

The 17-year-old driver of the other SUV, who was not identified because of his age, was said to be stable with numerous injuries.