Dog Remains By Mistress
By PHIL CALHOUN, Times-News Writer
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T-N Photo By Kesterson) SEARCH ENDS FOR MISS
MOLLY WHITE-WALTER TAYLOR, a
Nickelsville farmer who was squirrel hunting on Clinch Mountain,
holds SAMBO, Miss White's pet and companion. Taylor heard Sambo
.whining near where the body was later
SNOWFLAKE, Va., Sept. 22 - The body of Miss
Molly White, missing from her home near here for eight days, was
found Wednesday night entangled in a fence near the top of
rugged Clinch Mountain, her black cocker spaniel, Samba,
A searching party of four discovered the body
after a squirrel hunter, Walter Taylor, reported hearing the
barking of a dog in the vicinity.
Scott County Coroner W. L. Griggs Jr. said Miss
White had been dead 20 to 24 hours. Starvation and exposure
could have caused the death, he stated.
The discovery of the body about one and one-half
miles from Miss White's home ended a search that had gone on
since Tuesday, Sept. 14, for the 76-year-old former school
Thousands of neighbors, National Guardsmen, law
officers and curious citizens participated in the search.
Miss White's dog, Sambo, finally gave the alarm
that ended the gigantic probe for the woman who had taught many
of the searchers in Scott County schools.
Taylor, a farmer who lives near Nickelsville,
went straight to the office of Sheriff W. C. Salyer after he
heard the dog barking and whining about a quarter of a mile from
the top of the mountain at approximately 4:30 p. m. Sgt. Ed
Neely, National Guardsman, and two other men, H. P. Lane, .Scott
County treasurer, and W. O. Gordon, retired farmer, joined
Taylor and returned to the mountain.
Gordon gave this account of the discovery:
"We went through thick brush
and undergrowth to the place where Taylor heard the dog and we
heard him again. This time, though, Sambo came running up
barking and seemed glad to see us. "The dog kept running
around as we hunted through the brush that was so thick we had
to fight our way through. Then we found Miss White's body, at
about 4:30 p. m., her legs caught in the
fence that crosses a narrow path through the brush.
"There was some blood on her, legs,
possibly from brush cuts and the wire fence. She wasn't in such
a position that she couldn't have freed herself if she had her
"She was lying on her coat which was in
good shape as were the rest of her clothes except for her hose,
practically torn off. Her shoes were missing."
Sgt. Neely said it
appeared Sambo had been chewing vines and
brush around the body attempting to free his mistress.
And Sambo didn't want to leave the scene, Neely
said. "Gordon had to carry the dog a considerable distance
and then Sambo was somewhat reluctant in departing the wild
The National Guardsman left the s c e n e to
summons Sheriff Salyer, who with Deputy A. M. Ashworth and two
McConnell Funeral Home attendants, were next to view the body.
Ashworth said the sheriff's investigation did not uncover any
signs of violence.
A funeral home attendant said it appeared to him
as if Miss White had been walking down the steep slippery path
and fell at the fence where she became entangled.
Observers theorized Miss White and the dog lived
on apples and, water, both of which are plentiful in the area,
until weakness and exposure took their toll.
Sambo appeared to be in excellent condition.
Miss White lived with her sister, Miss Etta, in
their home near here. Miss Etta reported her sister missing from
their home eight days ago.
Other survivors include another sister, Mrs.
Andy Meade, Snowflake; a brother, John White, Richlands, Va,: a
niece, Miss Mary Meade" instructor at Virginia Intermont
College in Bristol, and a nephew, John Meade, principal of
Grundy High School.
The body is at McConnell Funeral Home.