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UPDATE: Search Continues For Cokie Roberts' Missing Dog

$100 reward being offered for information leading to return of timid black Lab.

UPDATE, April 25, 11 a.m.: Katie, the black Lab adopted by journalist Cokie Roberts, is still missing in Bethesda. But the dog may have been spotted Wednesday morning near Thoreau Drive -- close to -- just blocks from a possible Saturday evening sighting near Marbury Road and Durbin Road, according to Lab Rescue spokesman Stephen Push.

Tracking dogs are being used in the search for the missing pup, Push said. The search did uncover a lost dog that did not belong to Roberts, according to Push. Lab Rescue will place the animal in a new home if the owners do not come forward, Push said.

If you would like to volunteer to help search for Katie, call Carol of Lab Rescue at 240-299-2952. If you spot Katie, remember not to approach her, but rather keep her in sight and call Lab Rescue at 703-589-5034 or Montgomery County Animal Emergency Line at 240-773-5900.

Original post, April 23, 4 p.m.: A 48-pound black female Labrador adopted by journalist and Bethesda resident Cokie Roberts has gone missing in Bethesda.

Roberts adopted the Lab—known as Katie—from rescue group Lab Rescue Saturday, according to a spokeman for the group, which is aiding in the search. The same day, around 6:15 p.m., the dog went missing from the Bradley Boulevard area.

Katie was headed north and may have been seen Saturday evening near Marbury Road and Durbin Road, close to

Lab Rescue spokesman Stephen Push warned residents not to approach Katie if she's spotted, but rather to keep her in sight and call Lab Rescue at 703-589-5034 or Montgomery County Animal Emergency Line at 240-773-5900.

Katie, once a stray, had been living with a foster mother in Reston for several months before she was adopted by Roberts, Push said.

"This is a dog that was a stray, and she's very timid, so her foster mother was working with her for about three months to build up her confidence," Push said. "She must have been frightened because she was all of a sudden in a new environment. That's probably why she bolted."

Roberts has posted fliers around her neighborhood and Lab Rescue is reaching out to the media in an attempt to find the missing Lab, Push said.

Katie is about five years old and has gray fur near her jaw. She is wearing a collar with a Lab Rescue tag attached.

A $100 reward is being offered for information that leads to Katie's safe return.

russresearcher April 23, 2012 at 06:22 PM
Have forwarded the article to my neighborhood listserv which happens to cover Marbury and Durbin Rds. Hope they find her soon!
Erin Donaghue April 23, 2012 at 07:02 PM
Great, thanks!
Debby Hartten April 24, 2012 at 07:51 AM
Wonder if they have contacted a search a rescue group. Here's one that I am aware of in particular http://dogsfindingdogs.com/howWeWork.htm
Carol Lagundo April 24, 2012 at 10:18 AM
We are working with search dogs. We just really need Katie to make an appearance so that we can get the dogs to tracking her. All this rain over the weekend didn't help. Thanks to everyone for sharing Katie's information.

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