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Morgan - a boxer-pit bull mix - is found in rubble of Hilltop Drive home destroyed by fire

The search for Morgan is over.

Helen Buzinkai thought her beloved boxer-pit bull mix had fled the scene of the Feb. fire that destroyed the family home on Hilltop Drive.

The family and volunteers from around Bayville searched for days in vain for the dog, a dog rescued from a horrific living situation in Georgia several years ago.

But today Morgan's body was found by fire inspectors, buried under debris at  the house.

"I wanted to let you know that Morgan has been found," she wrote on Facebook page "Finding Morgan.'" I wish I could report a happy reunion, but the inspectors at the house finally found her remains today. She apparently had ran back into the house during the fire."

Buzinkai apologized to the volunteers who searched the Sylvan Lakes and Woodland Road areas for days after the blaze.

"I am truly sorry that all of your time was eaten up searching for her, and chasing ghost sightings," she wrote. "But I appreciate all the work that everyone did to try and help bring her home. It brought so many people together and I never believed I had this much support. My family thanks all of you as well. We will be laying her to rest privately."

Morgan had been missing since the fire. Helen and her fiance Bill Schreiber had put her and another family dog in the fenced-in back yard to keep them as far away from the blaze as possible. But the fence had holes in it from Superstorm Sandy. Buzinkai thought the dog may had pushed through one of the holes.

The family started the Facebook page and offered a $500 reward for Morgan's return.

foggyworld February 27, 2013 at 12:25 AM
How awful for both the dog and the family.
Eileen Wrigley February 27, 2013 at 12:28 AM
So sad... But she died where she was the happiest with her loving family. RIP Morgan...
parkway February 27, 2013 at 01:12 AM
so very sorry there is another angel in animal heaven
mary February 27, 2013 at 01:29 AM
I'm sure that not one of us who either organized searches or just took the long way slowly just in case needs an apology. Everyone's heart breaks for and with you on this tragic loss
Stacey February 27, 2013 at 01:47 AM
there is not one of us im sure that feel we wasted our time..... not when we are trying to help our Friend/family...... im truly sorry about everything that happened... but we will help rebuild and be there no matter what you need just give a call :-) ♥
Irish Shader February 27, 2013 at 02:17 AM
Don't be apologetic for the help you got . These people would not have come out if they didn't want to . Bless Morgan, RIP
Sherry Kriss-Dillane February 27, 2013 at 03:42 AM
Rob and family, I am so sorry for you loss. I'm in tears and I have can't even begin to know how you feel. Our time was not wasted, don't apologize..We did it because we love dogs and you were missing a part of your family..My heart aches for your loss..My heart and prayers are with you all. RIP SWEET GIRL.. This is a the poem the rainbow bridge. Again, Rob and family, my condolences... RIP SWEET MORGAN..And your family will see yoy one day on the other side... http://youtu.be/J7UrobcSH-I
Eric February 27, 2013 at 04:19 AM
We are so sorry to read this our hearts go out to your family ... the two guys you spoke to outside the vet the other day... You and your family are in our prayers
Philip February 27, 2013 at 10:37 AM
Rob and family, The time we looked for morgan was anything but eaten up. This shows there is still a little good left in the world. As we all looked there were signs of other dogs out and about that may need a rescue. Best of luck to all and now morgan can rest in piece.
Dennis giaimo February 27, 2013 at 12:30 PM
We are sad for your loss. Just remember dog spelled backwards is what? G-O-D. That why we love these precious animals..
WhyohWhy February 27, 2013 at 01:35 PM
Awww... I was hoping that wasn't the case. As a parent of two dogs, my hearts goes out to you and your family. RIP Morgan.
easykiller February 27, 2013 at 04:06 PM
I. would. like to extend my sympathies to the family. I'll family had the misfortune of losing our beloved buddy a couple of years ago so we can feel your pain. we still have our other 2 babies and cherish them very much..rip Morgan .
Keeping whats mine February 27, 2013 at 10:22 PM
Agree with Dennis. Dogs are so very God like because they are ever loving and ever forgiving. That baby was making sure her family was ok and out im sure. R.I.P. angel dog.
lacey long time February 28, 2013 at 02:38 AM
i searched for days and i dont consider it a waste of time.its hard to find any thing good from this tragic event but keeping the facebook page will now help other owners searching for their lost loved ones . now there is a sharing of information. hints on what to do when searching for lost dogs and info about the good people who are volunteers who have created groups and websits to provide info to the public. i,m so sorry about morgan i can only hope her end came quickly in that terrifying situation for her. now that fb page can help others and thats a very fitting way to remember morgan.
lacey long time February 28, 2013 at 02:39 AM
there is no better truth or loyalty than that which you find in the eyes of a dog. rest in peace morgan.
JOHNNY Done it February 28, 2013 at 04:30 AM
I could not agree more.....
Sydney February 28, 2013 at 01:48 PM
So very true. RIP Morgan.
. February 28, 2013 at 04:26 PM
This is a very sad ending, and I have been following this story since it happened, but how could people have been reporting that they kept seeing the dog and giving the family and other searchers false hope. That was a terrible thing to do.
JAKE 2 March 01, 2013 at 02:14 AM
so sorry for your loss of your wonderful dog !!! there are no words to express , im so heartbroken for that family... RIP Morgan !

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