911 Tape Highlights Lost Canadian Woman's Plight - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

911 Tape Highlights Lost Canadian Woman's Plight

MOUNTAIN CITY, Nev. (AP) - A dispatcher notified that a woman had spent seven weeks in the Nevada wilderness alone in a van expressed shock and disbelief that she survived.

A clearly incredulous Elko County law enforcement dispatcher asked, "She's been in it for a month?" when hunters called after finding 56-year-old Rita Chretien last Friday afternoon.

The hunters had just ridden ATVs nine miles over snow and mud to a ranch house to find a phone. They weren't optimistic about the survival of Chretien's husband, who left the van March 22 and disappeared.

The 911 tape provides a glimpse into Chretien's rescue and the inhospitable conditions where she was stranded for 48 days.

She's now back in Canada, recovering in a hospital. Searchers resumed the hunt for her husband Wednesday.
      

      
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