Wife survived on hard candy, body of husband finally found

Wife survived on hard candy, body of husband finally found

Wife survived on hard candy, body of husband finally found

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by Matt Standal / Associated Press

NWCN.com

Posted on October 1, 2012 at 11:24 AM

Updated Wednesday, Oct 30 at 7:05 AM

ELKO, Nev. -- The body of a Canadian man who became lost near the border of Idaho and Nevada last spring has been recovered by rescue officials in a remote wilderness area in Nevada.

Detective Jim Carpenter from the Elko County Sheriff's Dept. told KTVB that hunters found Albert Chretien's remains near Merritt Mountain in the remote Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest on Saturday.

The area is approximately 38 miles west of Jarbidge, Nevada and about 50 miles south of Grasmere, Idaho.

Chretien and his wife Rita had been driving to a trade show in Las Vegas from their home in British Columbia when the couple became stranded last March.

Rita Chretien reportedly lived on hard candy, trail mix, and snow for 48 days before she was rescued by hunters on May 6th.

Albert Chretien reportedly left the couple's minivan and tried to walk to a nearby road for help.

Detective Carpenter said Chretien's body was found in a heavily wooded area fairly close to a remote mountain road.

Sheriff's deputies drove nearly 6 hours to a remote mountain location where Chretien's body was found.

"He was going the right direction -- he was pretty close to the road," Carpenter said, adding that 8 to 10 feet of snow would have likely been on the road during March.

Carpenter said local hunters Rodney Thompson and Jay Doke were hunting for elk in the area on Saturday when they found Chretien's remains.

It was late Saturday afternoon before the men were able to get cell phone reception and alerted authorities. Thompson and Doke led sheriff's deputies to the site at 11 a.m. Sunday morning.

Carpenter says he identified Chretien's body through various item's in the man's pockets, including a wallet and business cards.

The remains were taken to a funeral home in Elko, Nevada.

Carpenter said he felt relieved that Chretien's body had been recovered. "One of the biggest things that we could do was give closure to the family," he said.

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