PATERSON, N.J. (1010 WINS/ AP) — A desperate search is under way for a dog that escaped a crash on a New Jersey highway that killed a Maryland man.

John Everhart of Bethesda, Md., was driving the SUV when police say it overturned on Interstate 80 in Paterson on Sunday.

The 20-year-old had adopted a 40-pound basset hound mix named Bodhi about a year ago.

Everhart’s family called Paterson Chief Animal Control Officer John De Cando on Tuesday to say the passenger who survived the crash said the dog had run away.

De Cando told 1010 WINS that the dog either went toward Paterson or West Paterson. De Cando says Bodhi is the only thing Liz Everhart has left of her stepson.

“The family is trying to get the dog back so they have some kind of closure between son and the animal,” De Cando said.

The family has used a service to send fliers to veterinarians and animal shelters in the area.

Anyone with information about the dog’s whereabouts should contact the Paterson Animal Shelter at 973-881-3640.

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