Local hopes live on as search to find answer to man’s disappearance continues

Search will hopefully continue for Penticton man missing in Nevada since spring



A search for Al Chretien continued on the weekend of October 22 as the Elko County Sheriff’s office made another attempt to find the missing  man.

Albert Chretien, along with his wife Rita, became lost in the Nevada wilderness last spring on their way to a convention in Las Vegas.

Miraculously, Rita was found alive after 49 days alone, stranded in the couple’s van. Albert has not yet been found, and the search last weekend was an attempt to find out what happened to him. The Elko County Sheriff’s office along with their search dogs also used the services of other special dog teams. Utah based Rocky Mountain Rescue also participated, focussing on areas missed in earlier searches because of snow.

It is hoped that further searches will be conducted as long as needed while the weather conditions are favourable.

Rita and Albert Chretien were known to several people in the Similkameen, who are  among many who are hopeful the searches will uncover Chretien’s fate.


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