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MISSING BRITISH COLUMBIA WOMAN FOUND ALIVE IN NEVADA
Husband still missing

May 07, 2011




Albert Chretien, 59, and his wife, Rita Chretien, 56, of Penticton, B.C. who were missing on a business trip to the U.S. CLICK TO ENLARGE


The missing couple was traveling in their light brown 2000 Chevy Astro van that looks like this one. CLICK TO ENLARGE
(NATIONAL) -- For the family of a missing Penticton, B.C. woman, the news that she had been found alive in Nevada weeks after she went missing is nothing short of a Mother’s Day miracle.

Rita Chretien, 56, and her husband have been missing since March 19 after they both left their home on a car trip to Las Vegas.

Ms. Chretien was found alive on a remote Nevada logging road, police said Friday.

She was discovered conscious and alert but weak by two people on ATVs who were riding on a remote logging road near the Bruneau River, according to the Elko County Sheriff Department.

Her husband Albert, 59, remains missing.

Chretien had lost some 20 to 30 pounds over her survival ordeal. She was airlifted to St. Luke's Hospital in Twin Falls, Idaho where she is listed in fair condition.

She was able to tell investigators that she and her husband had, for reasons not yet known, taken a forest service road on March 19 and the van got stuck on that road.

After three days of waiting for help to come her husband took their GPS unit and left on foot to try and make his way back to the highway to get help.

He never returned. She told rescuers she had survived the seven weeks on nothing but water from a nearby creek and what little bit of food was left in the van.

A search is ongoing for her missing husband.

When the couple was first reported overdue and missing a spokesman for the RCMP said they knew for sure the couple made it into the U.S. and that they had established this much:

~ RCMP could confirm the couple had not re-entered Canada (after leaving home) through the normal procedure as a check of border service records indicates.

~ A timeline established by the RCMP shows the two were last seen at the Oroville, Washington border crossing Tuesday, March 19, early in the day.

~ That the two had entered the U.S. via Washington State at around 7:05 a.m.

~ A credit card belonging to the couple was used at around 2:00 p.m. in Baker City, Oregon but authorities do not know if it was one of the missing Canadians that used the card.

~ The couple did not attend a trade show and convention they were planning to attend which is also out of character for the two.

The Chretiens were traveling in their light brown 2000 Chevy Astro van.





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