Rita Chretien, the Penticton B.C. woman found in a remote wooded area in Nevada Friday afternoon, is in fair condition, according St. Luke’s Magic Valley Medical Center in Twin Falls, Idaho.
However, the search is on for her husband, who left their van three days after it got stuck in mud back in March.
The couple left their Penticton home March 19 on their way to Las Vegas, but they failed to return home when they were due.
Raymond Chretien, Rita’s son, is telling The Oregonian newspaper it’s a miracle his mother is still alive after seven weeks stranded in the woods. He has told the newspaper she has lost 30 pounds, and apologized over the phone for putting the family through the ordeal. Rita explained to the family that the two simply took a logging road to take in the scenery.
In a media briefing Saturday afternoon, the RCMP say it appears Rita survived on water and trail mix, and that she kept a journal, in the event she wouldn’t be found alive.
Penticton’s mayor Dan Ashton says the news has spread fast in his city. “Penticton is a very small community. There’s been lots of discussion. Everybody has been wondering. Everyone has been very worried. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family that Mr. Chretien will be located ASAP,” expresses Ashton.