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ELKO, Nev. -- The body of a 59-year-old Canadian man who became lost near the Idaho-Nevada border in March of 2011 has been recovered by rescue officials.
Detective Jim Carpenter with the Elko County Sheriff's Office told KTVB that hunters found Albert Chretien's remains near Merritt Mountain in the remote Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest on Saturday.
The area is approximately 38 miles west of Jarbidge, Nevada and about 50 miles south of Grasmere, Idaho.
Chretien and his 56-year-old wife Rita had been driving to a trade show in Las Vegas from their home in British Columbia when the couple became stranded after following a GPS unit.
Rita Chretien lived on hard candy, trail mix, and snow for 48 days before she was rescued by hunters on May 6, 2011.
Albert Chretien reportedly left the couple's minivan and tried to walk to a nearby road for help.
Carpenter said Chretien's body was found in a heavily wooded area fairly close to a remote mountain road.
"He was going the right direction -- he was pretty close to the road," Carpenter said, adding that 8 to 10 feet of snow would have likely been on the road during March.
Carpenter said local hunters Rodney Thompson and Jay Doke were hunting for elk in the area on Saturday when they found Chretien's remains.
Sheriff's deputies drove nearly 6 hours to a remote mountain location where Chretien's body was found. Photo courtesy Elko County Sheriff's Office.
It was late Saturday afternoon before the men were able to get cell phone reception and alerted authorities. Thompson and Doke led sheriff's deputies to the site at 11 a.m. Sunday.
Carpenter says he identified Chretien's body through various items in the man's pockets, including a wallet and business cards.
The remains were taken to a funeral home in Elko, Nevada.
Carpenter said he felt relieved that Chretien's body had been recovered.
"One of the biggest things that we could do was give closure to the family," he said.