Dog found in van two days after fatal crash

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KOOTENAI COUNTY, Idaho — A small dog survived a fatal car crash Saturday in Idaho, but deputies didn’t find him in the wreckage until two days later.

Sadly, the dog’s owner didn’t make it.

The dog was his owner’s one and only.

“That’s why his name is Uno Solo,” said Autumn Jolley, founder of Power of the Paw.

It’s been a confusing week for the little chihuahua since his owner, 85-year-old Marie-Claire Steinkamp, died in the car accident on Saturday when her vehicle crashed into a tractor-trailer.

No one realized Uno Solo was in the car at the time of the crash.

The sheriff’s department said they searched the vehicle extensively the day of the accident, but didn’t find little Uno Solo. Two days later, when investigators went back to the wreckage, they found him hiding under a seat.

Deputies have not been able to find any of Steinkamp’s family members. For now, Uno Solo is in the care of Power of the Paw Dog Rescue.

“When a dog a is loyal and they lose their owner a lot of times they will stay there,” Jolley said.

Jolley said she takes in dogs with all different kinds of backgrounds, but Uno Solo’s story is a first.

“I can’t even believe it,” Jolley said. “I don’t know how that’s possible especially being as little as he is.”

Detective Kevin Mumford said he’s been working at the sheriff’s department for 25 years and said never seen a small dog like Uno Solo survive such a horrific crash.

Now the search is on for Uno Solo’s perfect home.

“I just want to get him the perfect home that will love him the way the she did cause I know she really did,” Jolley said.