Search called off for Albert Chretien

An intensive search of the rugged northern Nevada region where Penticton’s Albert Chretien was last seen alive is over for now.

An intensive search of the rugged northern Nevada region where Penticton’s Albert Chretien was last seen alive is over for now.

Sgt. Kevin McKinney of the Elko County Sheriff’s  Department said Tuesday the decision to end the efforts by nearly 200 people was difficult, but with no results officials had little choice.

“It was pretty much because we’ve exhausted all leads at this point and have come up with no results,” said McKinney. “We’re at the point where everything has been searched that could be searched and all we have left are areas that are covered with snow. We had a blizzard up there Sunday so now we’re going to have to wait until that melts.”

Efforts to find Albert, 59, were concentrated in the area of a remote forest service road near the Nevada and Idaho border after his wife, 56-year-old Rita, was found alive in the couple’s van seven weeks after they had been reported missing.

Albert left on foot to go and get help when the vehicle became stuck after they took a wrong turn while on their way to Las Vegas for a business convention.

According to McKinney, in the week following the Penticton woman’s discovery an estimated 300 square miles of territory was scoured from the air and ground.

“That’s over 1,500 man hours by volunteers and others without a sign, which gets very frustrating,” said the officer. “We just regret we weren’t able to provide the family with a definitive answer.”

He added with the length of time that has passed, another miracle like the one involving Rita is unlikely and the next effort will be more of a recovery mission.

For her part Rita survived on trail mix and was forced to eventually melt snow for water until she was found by a couple searching for antlers. She was taken to a hospital in Twin Falls, Idaho and later transferred to Penticton Regional Hospital from which she was released last week. Those who have spoken with Rita in person say she is doing well physically and emotionally considering the circumstances.

Late last week her son Raymond issued a statement on behalf of the family thanking God for his mother’s “miraculous discovery and improving health” and for the general outpouring of support and well wishes from friends, relatives and the public.

He also reiterated the family’s wishes for privacy at this time and a decision about when and if the entire story will be told has not yet been made.


Just Posted

A proactive approach to the housing crisis

City staff are recommending Penticton help prepare affordable housing proposals

Summerland’s Justin Kripps completes first double-medal weekend of career

High-powered Canadian bobsledders celebrate four-man silver at World Cup in Igls

Frank Venables Theatre recipient of Canada Cultural Spaces Grant

The Franks Venables Theatre in Oliver has some new gear, thanks to… Continue reading

Passersby help stop spread of Cawston coop fire

Two people driving by Saturday woke a family and helped stop the spread of a fire in a chicken coop

Blowing snow, slippery sections on Okanagan Connector

Compact snow, poor visibility on Highway 97 from Pennask Summitt to Brenda Mines.

All aboard the Summerland Christmas Express

The first train of the Summerland Christmas Express schedule.

Canadian grocers make $3M per year from penny-rounding: UBC study

Ottawa announced plans in 2012 to phase out the copper coin

Sagmoen neighbours recall alleged hammer attack

Woman was screaming outside Maple Ridge townhouse in 2013

B.C. anti-hate campaigner finds Google search on his efforts redirects to porn

Text from online news article about Cran Campbell being used to link to suspect websites

2 couples tie the knot in Australia’s 1st same-sex weddings

West Australian couple Anne Sedgwick, Lyn Hawkins have been together for 40 years

‘The Last Jedi’ opens with $220M, 2nd best weekend all-time

As anticipated, the movie fell shy of the opening weekend for J.J. Abrams’ 2015 franchise reboot

B.C. concert promoter bans Nazi symbols at shows

A man was witnessed making a Nazi salute during a heavy metal show at Pub 340

EDITORIAL: Putting #MeToo to work in your workplace

Workers from top to bottom need to stand together against the bully of sexual harassment

Meningococcal clinics open this Sunday

Interior Health is stepping up efforts to get young people vaccinated against Meningococcal.

Most Read