Thursday, April 24th9.8°C
21633
21722

Penticton couple missing for over two weeks in USA

South Okanagan topics including Summerland, Naramata, Penticton, Okanagan Falls, Oliver, Osoyoos, and Keremeos.

Moderators: Jo, ferri, Merry, Triple 6

Penticton couple missing for over two weeks in USA

Postby Ali Gator » Apr 2nd, 2011, 11:35 am

Albert and Rita Chretien drove to Las Vegas March 19 2011 and were reported missing when they failed to return home on Thursday March 31 2011. There has been no activity on their bank account or their cell phones.
http://www.castanet.net/edition/news-st ... .htm#61188
To date the van has not been located either!
Last edited by Ali Gator on May 8th, 2011, 10:17 pm, edited 1 time in total.
User avatar
Ali Gator
Generalissimo Postalot
 
Posts: 899
Likes: 1 post
Liked in: 1 post
Joined: Jan 22nd, 2006, 12:41 am
Location: Kelowna

Re: Penticton Couple Missing for over two week in USA

Postby Alex1967 » Apr 2nd, 2011, 11:42 am

I have had the good fortune to meet the Chretiens several times, and their son Carl. They have doen work for me in the past. Very nice people, wonderful to do business with, Rital Excavating.
I'm hoping for the best. Their disappearance is completely out of character from what I know of them. They do not strike me as the sort of people who would just wander, or take an unplanned side trip.
Thoughts, best wishes and prayers for their family and friends.
Alex1967
Fledgling
 
Posts: 117
Likes: 0 post
Liked in: 0 post
Joined: Apr 4th, 2009, 5:18 pm

Re: Penticton Couple Missing for over two week in USA

Postby Ali Gator » Apr 3rd, 2011, 8:28 am

The couple did use their credit card to purchase gas on March 19 2011. At least it is a starting point to begin a search. So good to find that the credit card was NOT stolen! Hoping for good news soon!
User avatar
Ali Gator
Generalissimo Postalot
 
Posts: 899
Likes: 1 post
Liked in: 1 post
Joined: Jan 22nd, 2006, 12:41 am
Location: Kelowna

Re: Penticton Couple Missing for over two week in USA

Postby Bretbaby » Apr 3rd, 2011, 5:03 pm

I wonder what the weather was like through that Baker City area. My husband and I drove that same route in January and the road and weather conditions were very poor until just around the Oregon/Idaho border.

While the road was still busy (lots of traffic) it could still be possible they went off the road somewhere. I hope that plane the family is hiring works out for them.

Obviously details we don't know, but I wonder where their planned stop for the night was? Boise? Twin Falls? I'm sure their family has checked out their hotel details already.
User avatar
Bretbaby
Generalissimo Postalot
 
Posts: 981
Likes: 6 posts
Liked in: 13 posts
Joined: Feb 18th, 2006, 8:23 am
Location: Penticton

Re: Penticton Couple Missing for over two week in USA

Postby my5cents » Apr 4th, 2011, 11:10 am

My wife and I drove the exact same route in early March and returned via the same route 8 days before the Chretiens would be travelling South. On the way down, we made it as far as Boise the first night, but could have made it to Twin Falls. The distance for obtaining gas at Baker City works out, my guess is they fell victim to the lack of gaurd rails along a lot of stretches in this area.
"The power of accurate observation is commonly called cynicism by those who haven't got it"
my5cents
Übergod
 
Posts: 1601
Likes: 82 posts
Liked in: 74 posts
Joined: Nov 14th, 2009, 3:22 pm

Re: Penticton Couple Missing for over two week in USA

Postby Queen K » Apr 4th, 2011, 3:25 pm

The RCMP are supposed to be checking hotel/motel and campground records. I hope. Not reassuring that a 56 year old man disappeared on that same route not too long ago. Got no link but I heard that on Globaltv.
Please stop bragging on facebook about how great the Okanagan is right now, or they'll want to move here.
User avatar
Queen K
Queen of the Castle
 
Posts: 30631
Likes: 3 posts
Liked in: 605 posts
Joined: Jan 31st, 2007, 12:39 pm

Re: Penticton Couple Missing for over two week in USA

Postby moi » Apr 4th, 2011, 5:05 pm

Hope they are found soon. I get the feeling that it's not going to be good news. But here's hoping that they are found safe and sound.
User avatar
moi
Generalissimo Postalot
 
Posts: 809
Likes: 0 post
Liked in: 3 posts
Joined: Jul 13th, 2006, 10:29 pm

Re: Penticton Couple Missing for over two week in USA

Postby _Hello_ » Apr 5th, 2011, 10:23 am

Prayers go out to the missing couple and to their family and friends. May they return soon and safe!!
"Time is the most valuable thing human kind can spend"
"All that really belongs to us is time, even he who has nothing has that"
"Rudeness is the weak man's imitation of strength"
_Hello_
 
Posts: 30
Likes: 0 post
Liked in: 0 post
Joined: May 5th, 2010, 11:19 am

Re: Penticton Couple Missing for over two week in USA

Postby chillybrew » Apr 6th, 2011, 7:34 pm

_Hello_ wrote:Prayers go out to the missing couple and to their family and friends. May they return soon and safe!!


Well said, I hope they return safe!
User avatar
chillybrew
 
Posts: 30
Likes: 1 post
Liked in: 0 post
Joined: Oct 28th, 2007, 3:57 pm

Re: Penticton Couple Missing for over two week in USA

Postby chillybrew » Apr 14th, 2011, 12:00 pm

Anything new about the missing couple? Are they still needing volunteers to help search?
User avatar
chillybrew
 
Posts: 30
Likes: 1 post
Liked in: 0 post
Joined: Oct 28th, 2007, 3:57 pm

Re: Penticton Couple Missing for over two week in USA

Postby tmjones » Apr 14th, 2011, 7:18 pm

The family has created a page on facebook called "Missing - Al & Rita Chretien". They do posts updates. We sure hope the family gets some answers soon.
tmjones
 
Posts: 10
Likes: 0 post
Liked in: 0 post
Joined: Aug 28th, 2008, 7:55 pm

Re: Penticton Couple Missing for over two week in USA

Postby Queen K » May 6th, 2011, 8:06 pm

http://www.castanet.net/edition/news-st ... .htm#61902

:sunshine:

Rita Chretien found alive
by Castanet Staff - Story: 61902
May 6, 2011 / 7:44 pm



Rita Chretien, missing for seven weeks has been found alive.

RCMP spokesman, Dan Moskaluk, confirmed the news just after 7 p.m. Friday evening.

"Rita found alive at vehicle. Van off road, stuck in Nevada," Moskaluk stated in a tweet.

"We are all just in shock. Nothing short of a miracle," Moskaluk said in another tweet.

"Al walked away from the van on the 22nd. Search is on for him."

Rita Chretien was found at the family vehicle by hunters in Elko County, Nevada.

More details to follow.






share top of page



Rita Chretien found ALIVE!
Please stop bragging on facebook about how great the Okanagan is right now, or they'll want to move here.
User avatar
Queen K
Queen of the Castle
 
Posts: 30631
Likes: 3 posts
Liked in: 605 posts
Joined: Jan 31st, 2007, 12:39 pm

Re: Penticton Couple Missing for over two week in USA

Postby irish61 » May 6th, 2011, 8:08 pm

Words cannot describe how happy this news has made me feel. Miracles do happen! So happy for Rita and her family. Now to find Al and know what has happened to him.
irish61
Fledgling
 
Posts: 129
Likes: 0 post
Liked in: 0 post
Joined: Mar 5th, 2010, 9:40 am

Re: Penticton Couple Missing for over two week in USA

Postby Ali Gator » May 6th, 2011, 8:12 pm

It truly is a miracle! Thoughts are with the family of Al and Rita
User avatar
Ali Gator
Generalissimo Postalot
 
Posts: 899
Likes: 1 post
Liked in: 1 post
Joined: Jan 22nd, 2006, 12:41 am
Location: Kelowna

Re: Penticton Couple Missing for over two week in USA

Postby Tootsie » May 6th, 2011, 8:13 pm

I am SO happy to hear this news ! OMG ! I cannot even fathom the joy their family & friends must be feeling. I hope they can find Dad too. Until you have a family member go missing you can't really understand the anguish & sorrow the family goes thru. For us, after 4 mths sadly it didn't turn out as well. But I am SOOOOO happy to hear this !!!!!! Oh my - how did she survive 7 weeks missing !?
Tootsie
Fledgling
 
Posts: 303
Likes: 0 post
Liked in: 0 post
Joined: Dec 4th, 2008, 10:47 pm

Next

Return to Penticton / South Okanagan

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 2 guests