ELKMONT, Ala. (WHNT) -- A yellow lab missing after his owner was killed in a wreck on Interstate 65 Thursday night has been located.
Volunteers with The Long Way Home Rescue in Athens and Peace, Love, and Animals in Tanner, canvassed the area around the crash scene in Elkmont Friday looking for Wall-E the five-year-old lab.
Wall-E was located just after 2:00 p.m., near the original crash scene by Exit 361. That’s just east of Elkmont, near Sandlin Road.
Volunteers spotted the dog in a neighbors yard. The neighbors say they found the dog Thursday night and took it in out of the rain and cold for safety. They did not realize it was the dog involved in the deadly wreck.
The wreck closed portions of the interstate Thursday evening. The dog's owner, Anthony Besch, 49, of Illinois died in the accident.
Volunteers say the dog had a collar and had a chip, but both of the phone numbers were linked to Besch's cell phone that was destroyed in the crash. Volunteers went door-to-door searching for the dog for much of the day Friday.
The dog is being held at Peace, Love, and Animals in Tanner until he can be reunited with other family members.
Alabama State Troopers say that Besch was not wearing a seat belt and was ejected in the crash. The investigation into a cause continues.