PENTICTON, British Columbia -- The wife of a man whose remains were found in the Nevada wilderness 18 months after their van got stuck in mud and he went for help said she's grateful there's now tangible evidence of how he died.

Albert Chretien's body was found in a heavily wooded area of Merritt Mountain, six miles west of where he set off. Dozens of searches were conducted in the vast Nevada area around where he disappeared.

Rita Chretien said Tuesday she and her family will be even more grateful on Canadian Thanksgiving this weekend now that her husband Albert's remains have been found by two elk hunters.

His wife survived for 49 days in the couple's van and was nearly dead when she was found by hunters.

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