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LAKEOSWEGO -- The cancer companion dog that turned up missing earlier this week has been found dead.

It appeared that Princess the Pomeranian most likely was killed by a coyote.

The 11-year-old dog had a very special place in the home of Evelyn and Jerry Walton. She was a companion to Jerry who is battling cancer.

Sometime early Monday morning, Princess used the dog door to go outside and then never came back in. The Waltons suspected that she had been stolen and contacted authorities for help.

Background:Cancer companion dog reported stolen

The backyard fence was too high for Princess to jump over and she could not have dug her way out, either.

But it appears that a coyote did get into the yard and then snatched Princess. A family friend found her lifeless body outside the family's property Wednesday.

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