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by: Tom Dees, Fox13 Memphis 

Samuel Smith’s lifeless body was found floating in Chewalla Lake last month. The only thing left was his dog, Khava, and it too was missing. Smith’s family wanted the dog back as a way to remember him.

Family members searched desperately for Khava and even offered a cash reward of $2,000.

Weeks later, Khava was found more than 100 miles away in Winona, Mississippi.

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Marshall County Sheriff Kenny Dickerson told FOX13 Smith’s dog was found on the side of I-55 by a passing motorist.

Khava appeared to have been hit by a car. The driver took the dog to the vet and paid for the dog’s treatment. Khava spent several days at the vet before being identified through social media.

Sheriff Dickerson said the dog appeared to have been traveling with Joshua Fletcher, who is the suspect in Smith’s murder. Officials believe Khava somehow got away.

The family told us they want to say thank you to everyone who put Khava’s picture out on social media.

“I guess it’s just a feeling of having Sam back. Uhh and that’s all we can really ask for right now,” Sarah Smith said.

“I am moved and honored that people saw that and had the compassion and empathy to understand what we are going through and how much it would mean to have her back,” Rachel smith said

From here Khava will travel to Nashville to live with Samuel Smith’s parents. We also found out the motorist who stopped to help Khava has been awarded the reward money.

Fletcher is still on the run, but the reunion between Khava and Samuel Smith’s family gives the family a momentary sense of relief.