ROSELAND, NJ - It's not often roads are closed and strangers come from neighboring counties to attempt to locate a missing pet, but that's exactly what happened today when the West Essex area community - and beyond - came out in full force to support the Corcoran Family, of Roseland, as they searched for their lost dog,
The family spent the last 24-hours
intensely searching for their black Labrador Retriever after she ran away late Saturday afternoon while they were all together visiting a friend’s house on Birch Drive, in Roseland. While the Corcoran's were prepared to keep Maggie inside and monitor her during the nightly fireworks which would go off at sundown, nothing prepared them for a resident setting off their own intensely loud fireworks in the street yesterday around 6pm. Maggie wasn't expecting the loud noises either, and when they began - she crashed right through the family friend’s new fence and took off running.
“Our girl Maggie had one heck of an adventure!”
Immediately, the friends and family set off to chase Maggie through the streets, but they quickly lost sight of the very quick, and very frightened, dog. Just after midnight, after six hours of searching, the group decided to try again in the morning once the sun came up.
About six hours later, Essex Fells Country Club employee Edmund Korte Jr. caught sight of Maggie near Old Eagle Rock Avenue in Essex Fells.
"I saw a black lab walking on the cart path at Essex Fells Country Club
Soon after the Roseland Police were on patrol and came across Maggie just up the road on Ahern Way in Roseland. Although they tried to coax her into their vehicle, Maggie kept eluding them and continued running through Barton Drive and eventually made her way by 7am through Holmhill to White Oak Road, which was very close to home. The Corcoran’s, who had resumed their search at 6am, were alerted each time Maggie was seen, but by the time they arrived in one place, she was already gone.
Throughout the morning and afternoon, friends, neighbors, and complete strangers joined in the search hoping to at least bring good news to the family that she was seen. Posts were shared all over Facebook and Maggie’s situation was made known to all of the neighboring town police departments and country clubs. For hours, however, Maggie was not seen anywhere and the family strongly felt she was resting and possibly in someone’s backyard under a deck.
Helpful friends and complete strangers began sharing suggestions such as barbecuing bacon in the backyard to draw in Maggie, and leaving a trail of the family’s laundry outside down the road to lead her back to their home.
“The kindness of strangers was incredible,” commented Carol.
Then - at about 2pm, the family’s worst fears were realized. West Orange Police had seen Maggie near the Crossing Church on Laurel Avenue, West Orange, and from there she headed onto the shoulder of Route 280 West; although they all tried, they could not get her to come to them.
The black lab once again darted up towards Laurel Avenue and this time Roseland Police and West Orange Police worked together to attempt to corral the dog while at the same time closing down the section of Laurel Avenue closest to Route 280. Just minutes later, Maggie was seen running through the Crestmont Country Club, West Orange, and the Greek Orthodox Church, Roseland, which are neighboring properties on Laurel Avenue.
While some of the family had followed up on an erroneous lead that Maggie may have been seen in West Caldwell, the rest focused on calling Maggie to them in the area around Laurel Avenue.
“We searched and searched but couldn't locate her,” Carol explained.
Two police departments and a large search party all gathered in the area of Crestmont hoping to grab up Maggie if she ran by them. Then Ryan, 13, who had remained at the Corcoran house, called his Mom to let her know that he had just gotten a visit from a neighbor who lived on Birch Drive, the street where Maggie had begun her travels. The neighbor related that, strange enough, her family was positive that Maggie was in a nearby brook on Birch cooling off.
“We were sure we were about to have her at the golf course," Carol commented,
Carol and a family friend, Brian O’Neill, headed right over to the brook and were finally able to gather up the most-likely exhausted Maggie. Carol’s husband Mike arrived and he and their son, Michael, 16, had to carry Maggie out of the brook and back home where she was happily reunited with all of the family. Happiest of all was their littlest son, Jack, who had waited at home the whole time and had never given up hope of seeing Maggie again.
Maggie's Travels at least took her to:
“Maggie is such a huge part of our family and we want to thank all of our friends, family, West Essex Now, Facebook community, strangers