Canadian Woman Found in Nevada Wilderness Talks About Ordeal

By: AP Email
By: AP Email
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)

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)

TWIN FALLS, Idaho (AP) - A Canadian woman found on the verge of starvation after seven weeks in the Nevada wilderness last year told an Idaho church congregation she had prepared herself to die the same day hunters came across her stranded van.

The Times-News reports Rita Chretien spoke Sunday at the First Church of the Nazarene in Twin Falls. She was found weak but alive last May in the rugged mountains of northeastern Nevada, near the Idaho line.

Her husband didn't make it out alive.

Chretien, who survived on trail mix, candy and water from a stream, told the Idaho church that after 49 days, her strength was almost gone and she thought she was going to have a heart attack when she wrapped herself in a blanket and prepared to die.


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