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Marine’s missing dog found dead on railroad tracks in Parker County

The search for a Marine’s missing dog ended Sunday morning after his remains were found on railroad tracks, authorities said.

Cody, a 5-year-old Australian shepherd, went missing March 2 after the truck he was riding in was hit from behind in the eastbound lanes of Interstate 20. The dog escaped his harness and fled the scene.

An unidentified person contacted Marine Corps Maj. Andrew Butler Sunday morning with a tip on the location of the dog. Butler who had been in Parker County since Wednesday searching for his dog went to the scene and located Cody’s remains just south of Love’s Truck Stop.

“I would like to thank the Parker County Sheriff’s Office and all the volunteers who helped a stranger find a lost dog,” the major said in a Parker County Sheriff’s Office news release. “The community of Weatherford and Parker County is truly a special one.”

Butler had been traveling from San Diego, relocating to his new home in North Carolina, when his truck was hit March 2.

Since that day, Butler and dozens of volunteers using tracking dogs and a drone searched for Cody.

“We made every effort in order to find Cody,” said PCSO animal control supervisor Karen Kessler said in a news release. “It’s unfortunate that it didn’t work out.”

Officials said Butler would be returning to his base Sunday with Cody’s collar.

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