Wife of Man Found Dead in Wilderness Grateful He Tried to Get Help

British Columbia, couple Albert Chretien and wife Rita are shown in this undated Royal Canadian Mounted Police handout photo. The coupe went missing en route to Las Vegas more than a month ago. Rita Chretien has been found alive Friday May 6, 2011 in a remote part of northeastern Nevada police say. Hunters in Elko Country, Nevada, found Rita alive on Friday, RCMP Cpl. Dan Moskaluk announced in a tweet. There is no word yet about the whereabouts of her husband. (AP Photo/Royal Canadian Mounted Police via The Canadian Press)
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PENTICTON, British Columbia (AP) - The wife of a man whose remains were found in the Nevada wilderness 18 months after their van got stuck in mud and he went for help said she's grateful there's now tangible evidence of how he died.

Albert Chretien's body was found in a heavily wooded area of Merritt Mountain, six miles (10 kilometers) west of where he set off. Dozens of searches were conducted in the vast Nevada area around where he disappeared.

Rita Chretien said Tuesday she and her family will be even more grateful on Canadian Thanksgiving this weekend now that her husband Albert's remains have been found by two elk hunters.

His wife survived for 49 days in the couple's van and was nearly dead when she was found by hunters.