Dog missing for year after car crash back in Mich.

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Monica Benson hugs her family dog, Caesar, at her Clio, Michigan home Aug. 13, 2011. Caesar's 9:30 p.m. reunion with the family capped off a 1,500-mile journey for the dog, who'd been missing since a tragic June 15,2010, crash in New Mexico that killed Benson's husband, Gary, and daughter, Emily, 5, and injured her 18-month-old son, Benjamin. The Bensons, their five children and Caesar were riding on a remote stretch of Interstate 40 near Tucumcari, N.M., when their 2001 Chevrolet minivan overturned. In the accident, Caesar was thrown from the van and wandered away. He was found when a volunteer at an animal shelter seeking to place him for adoption found he was wearing a microchop, and was able to trace his owners.  (AP Photo/The Detroit News, John M. Galloway)
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Monica Benson hugs her family dog, Caesar, at her Clio, Michigan home Aug. 13, 2011. Caesar's 9:30 p.m. reunion with the family capped off a 1,500-mile journey for the dog, who'd been missing since a tragic June 15,2010, crash in New Mexico that killed Benson's husband, Gary, and daughter, Emily, 5, and injured her 18-month-old son, Benjamin. The Bensons, their five children and Caesar were riding on a remote stretch of Interstate 40 near Tucumcari, N.M., when their 2001 Chevrolet minivan overturned. In the accident, Caesar was thrown from the van and wandered away. He was found when a volunteer at an animal shelter seeking to place him for adoption found he was wearing a microchop, and was able to trace his owners. (AP Photo/The Detroit News, John M. Galloway)

VIENNA TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — A Maltese dog that disappeared more than a year ago after a fatal car crash in New Mexico has been returned to surviving family members in Michigan.

The crash in June last year killed Gary Benson and his daughter, Emily. Afterward, his wife and four surviving children searched unsuccessfully for the family pet named Caesar.

Monica Benson told New Mexico's Quay County Sun she posted pictures of Caesar and her son, Benjamin, in Benjamin's hospital room while then-18-month-old recovered and he kept asking where the dog was.

A volunteer at a shelter in Tucumcari, N.M., contacted Benson after scanning a microchip in Caesar earlier this month.

He was returned to his family Saturday. Benson told The Detroit News the dog remembered her family and "it was an amazing evening."