PORTSMOUTH, Va. — A retired explosive detection “war dog” that was missing in Virginia has been found dead.

WAVY-TV reported Sunday that the Belgian Malinois was struck by a vehicle in Portsmouth.

The dog, named Darja, had been missing since early December. Her owner, Frankie Rivas, had to leave town and left the dog with a friend. Rivas says Darja jumped a fence and disappeared.

Darja was previously owned by a private security contractor in Kuwait. She was one of nine dogs brought back from a kennel in that country to the United States in July by Mission K9 Rescue. The Texas-based non-profit helps dogs that served with the military or Department of Defense contractors.

Information from: WAVY-TV, http://www.wavy.com/

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