Hunters find Canadian man's body after more than a year

ELKO, Nevada The body of a Canadian man who went walking into the wilderness after getting stuck in the rugged mountains of Nevada near the Idaho state line has been found, according to reports.

The Elko Daily Free Press in Nevada is reporting that hunters found the body of Albert Chretien on Saturday.

Albert went looking for help back on March 22, 2011 after he and his wife Rita Chretien became stuck in a road after heavy rains and snow. His body had never been found until this weekend, despite numerous search parties by police and volunteers.

Rita survived 49 days inside the van eating trail mix, candy and snow and recently spoke about the ordeal to a Twin Falls church.

"I thought I was dreaming," she said. "Then I thought, 'Hey, I'm not dreaming. This is really happening.'"

The Chretiens owned a commercial excavating business and were headed to Las Vegas for a trade show. They left a highway after using their new GPS unit to find the shortest route, and ended up on a remote forest road miles from the nearest town.

Rita has been described as a private person who shuns attention, but previously accepted invitations to give motivational talks at a mayoral prayer breakfast in British Columbia and at a large church in Calgary.

She met the pastor of the Idaho church after she was rescued and taken to a hospital, where she requested a pastor from a Nazarene church. Pastor Steve Meyers, who is with the Twin Falls church, volunteered to pray with Chretien, and they have remained in contact.


The following eight-minute 911 call is courtesy of the Elko County Sheriff's Office.