PENTICTON, B.C. — The wife of a man whose remains were found in the Nevada wilderness a year and a half after he went for help says she’s grateful he walked 11 kilometres when their van got stuck in the mud.
Rita Chretien said she and her family will be even more grateful this Thanksgiving now that her husband Albert’s remains have been found by two elk hunters.
She said she’d tell him: “’Thank you for your efforts.’ “I know he did it for me and I was so grateful.“
Chretien said Tuesday that she’s also grateful to everyone who helped search for her husband, whose remains were found Saturday.
“It was a great joy and relief to know that he was there and obviously had rested in peace, and it was such a comfort to know that his body was not ripped apart by wild animals.”
Chretien said she had come to terms with the fact that her husband would not return.
“I think I can really say I’ve had closure for a long time but this was just really nice, to have that tangible evidence of how he passed away.”
The couple had been heading to a trade show in Las Vegas but took a wrong turn, and their van became stuck. Chretien ventured off in the snow to try and get help.