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Missing woman’s dogs helped lead environmental police to hiker’s body


(HE) TONIGHT, WE’RE HEARING FROM THE HEARTBROKEN SON OF A COVENTRY WOMAN — THE DAY AFTER THE SEARCH FOR HER — CAME TO A TRAGIC END. (MM) WE’VE BEEN TRACKING THE SEARCH — FOR PATTI PENDLETON, SINCE SHE WENT MISSING ALMOST A WEEK AGO. THEN LAST NIGHT, THE NEWS CAME THAT NO ONE WANTED TO HEAR — PENDLETON’S BODY WAS FOUND IN THE ARCADIA MANAGEMENT AREA. OFFICIALS TELL US —IT WAS HER BARKING DOGS THAT LED THEM TO HER. (HE) EYEWITNESS NEWS REPORTER CAROLINE GOGGIN SPOKE TO PENDLETON’S SON THIS AFTERNOON — AND JOINS US LIVE IN STUDIO. MIKE PENDLETON SAYS HIS MOM WAS A LOVING PERSON. STRONG, CARING, AND DEDICATED TO HER FAMILY AND FRIENDS. HE SAYS THE SEARCH FOR HIS MOM MAY BE OVER… AND IT ENDED IN WHAT HE CALLS THE WORST WAY POSSIBLE. BUT HE SAYS HER MEMORY WILL STILL LIVE ON. MIKE PENDLETON FIGHTS BACK TEARS MONDAY… HOURS AFTER THE SEARCH FOR HIS MOM, PATTI, COMES TO A TRAGIC END. “my mom meant a lot to me. But I got her, I brought her home.” PENDLETON WAS A COUPLE MILES IN THE WOODS SUNDAY WHEN HE HEARD THE RADIO MESSAGES ABOUT HIS MOM. HE DROPPED EVERYTHING HE HAD… RUSHING BACK TO THE BASE CAMP. “Figuring if that little four pound dog was still alive, my mom was still alive.” HE CALLS THE PAST 24 HOURS CRUSHING. FOR HIM, FOR HIS FAMILY… FOR HIS 16 YEAR OLD DAUGHTER WHO CALLED HER GRANDMOTHER, HER BEST FRIEND. “My daugther was active in 4H, my mom was a 4H advisor. So, they did a lot together.” A FOCUS ON FAMILY… SOMETHING THE SINGLE MOM BELIEVED IN. “to teach me how to be a man. And the way I carry myself is a testimony to my mom, and the kind of person she was.” THE 38-YEAR-OLD SAYS HE CHERISHES THE CONVERSATIONS HE AND HIS MOM SHARED. HE WISHES THE TWO COULD HAVE HAD JUST ONE MORE… BUT TAKES COMFORT IN KNOW SHE LIVED OUT HER LAST MOMENTS… IN A PLACE WHERE SHE TRULY BELONGED. “she died in the place she loved, doing something she loved, with the animals that she loved, and she was happy. When it’s all said and done, I think that’s all we can hope for in life…that we can die doing what we love.” PENDLETON SAYS IF HE COULD TELL HIS MOM ONE LAST THING… IT WOULD BE THAT HE HOPES TO BE HALF THE PERSON SHE WAS. HE SAYS NOT BEING ABLE TO SAY GOODBYE IS TRULY THE HARDEST THING TO COPE WITH.. BUT HE’S HAD AN INCREDIBLE SUPPORT SYSTEM BEHIND HIM. WE’LL TELL YOU MORE ABOUT THAT COMMUNITY SUPPORT– NEW TONIGHT AT 6. NEW AT SIX… WE’RE LEARNING MORE ABOUT HOW THE LOCAL COMMUNITY IS HELPING THE FAMILY OF PATTI PENDLETON. PENDLETON WENT MISSING LAST WEEK— WHILE HIKING IN THE ARCADIA MANAGEMENT AREA. HER BODY WAS FOUND YESTERDAY ALONG WITH HER DOGS. EYEWITNESS NEWS SPOKE TO PENDLETON’S SON TODAY. CAROLINE GOGGIN JOINS US WITH MORE ON WHAT HE HAD TO SAY. MIKE PENDLETON SAYS FACEBOOK MESSAGES HELPED TO KEEP HIM GOING THROUGHOUT THE PAST WEEK. POSITIVE STORIES ABOUT HIS MOM WERE SHARED… WORDS OF ENCOURAGEMENT TO NEVER GIVE UP. HE SAYS DESPITE YESTERDAY’S OUTCOME… THE COMMUNITY CONTINUES TO INSPIRE HIM. MORE THAN FOUR THOUSAND ACRES OF ARCADIA MANAGEMENT AREA….SEARCHED. HUNDREDS OF PEOPLE… COMING TOGETHER FOR ONE. “Throughout the week, we’ve had close to 300 different faces comes to help throughout the week. My mom was a giver, so they wanted to give back.” MIKE PENDLETON SAYS HE ISN’T QUITE SURE HOW TO SAY THANK YOU TO THOSE WHO SPENT THE PAST WEEK ON THEIR HANDS AND KNEES… SCOURING EVERY SRETCH OF THE WOODS.. MAKING SURE NO STONE WAS LEFT UNTURNED. “that’s what kept me going. If everybody else still had faith, I couldn’t give up yet.” THE SEARCH FOR PATTI PENDLETON WAS OFFICIALLY SUSPENDED FRIDAY… BUT THAT DIDN’T STOP A HOST OF VOLUNTEERS AND OFFICERS FROM SHOWING UP SATURDAY. “when I got to the Dunkin Donuts, the parking lot was overflowing. So we had to move down the road to another parking lot and that one was overflowing as well.” A FEW OF THOSE HIKERS WERE THE ONES TO FIND PENDLETON SUNDAY… TIPPED BY HER DOGS BARKING IN THE WOODS. THOSE DOGS… NOW THE LIGHT IN THIS TRAGIC STORY. HOME AND SAFE WITH PENDLETON’S SON AND HIS FAMILY…. HELPING PATTI’S MEMORY TO LIVE ON. MIKE PENDLETON TOLD ME TODAY HE FOUND A TICK BITE AND BULLSEYE ON HIS ARM THIS MORNING. SO IN ADDITION TO SAYING THANK YOU TO ALL THE VOLUNTEERS.. HE ASKS THEY CHECK THEMSELVES FOR TICKS. LIVE IN THE CONTROL ROOM, CAROLINE GOGGIN, EWN.

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