Albert Chretien's body located

The body of a Penticton man missing for more than a year has been located in a remote area in northern Nevada.

KTVB.com is reporting the body of Albert Chretien was discovered by local hunters Saturday on Merritt Mountain in the remote Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest near the Nevada-Idaho border.

Albert and his wife Rita went missing March 19, 2011 while travelling from Penticton to a convention in Las Vegas when they went missing.

The Chretien's somehow got turned around off course and got stuck in the mud on a remote forest service road on March 19, the same day they were last seen in Oregon.

Three days later, Albert left the couple's van and walked toward a local road to look for help. He was not seen again.

Rita, 56, was discovered May 6. She survived on a diet of hard candies, trail mix and snow.

Elko County Sheriff's Department Detective, Jim Carpenter, told KTVB.com that Chretien's body was discovered in a heavily wooded area close to a remote road.

Carpenter stated Chretien was definitely going in the right direction.

He says two local hunters looking for elk came upon the body Saturday afternoon.

Albert Chretien was identified through numerous items in his pocket including a wallet and business cards.

His body has been taken to a local funeral home.

Carpenter added he was glad Chretien's body was discovered to help give closure to the family.

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