An Ankeny family is counting its blessings after their mother was able to walk away from a serious car crash with only minor injuries. However another member of the family, also in the crash, is now missing.
Shannon Graves walked up to her mangled SUV for the first time since the accident.
“I can’t believe I lived, I remembering thinking yesterday that I was going to die,” says Shannon Graves of Ankeny.
Graves was sideswiped on the east mix-master, while going to pick up her twins from school Wednesday afternoon. Authorities told her the SUV flipped twice, then slid on its top for 300 feet. They say she was lucky to walk away with only a few bumps and bruises.
“Seeing it today makes me realize how lucky I am to be here for Christmas,” says Graves.
Unfortunately, the families beloved Shih Tzu, Alyah was also in the vehicle. When it came to a stop, Alyah got spooked and ran out of a broken window.
All day Thursday the family is hanging up posters and searching the wooded area near the accident, just south of Ankeny near Norwoodville.
“We just want her back, she’s too special to not be with us,” says Graves.
The disappearance of Alyah is especially hard on Graves’ twins, Makenna and Jordan who received her as a gift for their 10th birthday.
“She means a lot to me and to my family, and I just hope we can find her soon,” says Makenna Graves of Ankeny.
So the Graves’ say they’ll continue to search, and get the word out, hoping to find Alyah and bring her back home for the holidays.
“She’s very special for me, she’s my little princess, and I just really for a big Christmas present I want her back,” says Jordan Graves of Ankeny.
The family is offering a cash reward for Alyah’s safe return, she is micro-chipped and has her dog tags on.
Also, at the time of the crash she was wearing a brown sweater.