THE BODY of Charlie the missing flat-coated Retriever has been found by the railway tracks between Dorridge Park and his home – his heartbroken owners have revealed.
He was found by railway workers just outside Dorridge last week and the family were notified on Thursday after the workers saw one of the many missing posters.
The search for Charlie gained massive support from the local community, corners of the UK and further afield – the family being overwhelmed by the response, which included scores of people offering to help the ground search for him.
A specialist tracking dog – Yogi from K9 trackers and his owner Jenny – had even tracked his scent as far away as Hay Wood and Baddesley Clinton.
But the hopeful search came to a sad end when Charlie was positively identified after being found so very close to home.
Speaking to the paper this week Charlie’s owners said: “Needless to say, the whole family are in shock and completely heartbroken. “The condolences that have been pouring in have been so touching, and we are incredibly moved that so many people were cheering Charlie on from as far afield as Canada, the US and Finland.
“Flat Coat fans and the local community have been so supportive and we thank them from the bottom of our hearts.
“Sadly this was just not the happy ending we were all praying for.
“Thank you for your help in getting Charlie’s campaign out there.”
The family have asked for one final favour from supporters of their search – to take down any posters they see around the area.