After the tragic death of wife and mother, Lisa Goff, the family is asking for the public's help in finding their dog, Layla.
Jeff Goff said he and his family are desperately trying to find their 26-week-old brindle boxer, Layla, who went missing shortly after the crash on Highway 87.
The boxer, along with a 3-year-old Shar-Pei/Lab mix, were in the backseat of a green Ford Escape being driven by Goff's 16-year-old daughter, Chelsea.
Chelsea had apparently reached down to change the CD and missed the turn in a narrow, winding section of road near milepost 256. The SUV went off the right side of the road, up an embankment, flipped and landed on its roof in the northbound lane. A gold Kia Sorento heading north then T-boned the Escape.
The dog was so freaked out by the crash that it, "jumped out of the car and into the other person's car," Goff said.
Rescue crews searched, but could not find, Layla. Her collar was found in the backseat of the SUV.
"She probably got scared and ran off," Goff said.
Goff suspects a passerby may have picked the dog up from the side of the road.
Layla is brown with tiger markings. She has white paws and a white mark on her nose.
She is a happy-go-lucky dog, Goff said. She had a special bond with both Lisa and Chelsea.
"They took that dog everywhere with them," he said.
On the afternoon of the crash, mother, daughter and pups were on their way into Payson to get money from Wells Fargo. They had been camping near Childs-Irving Power Plant and waiting on the rest of the family to arrive.
Chelsea, who is at the Scottsdale Healthcare Osborn Hospital, recently came off of three days of life support and is doing well, Goff said. She sustained multiple face fractures and lung damage.
She will have to undergo plastic surgery operations and surgery to remove some, if not all, of her lung.
"Every day she asks about Layla," he said.
Anyone with information about Layla is urged to call Jeff Goff at (623) 606-8376. A reward is being offered.