ELKO, Nev. - The search for Albert Chretien, the Canadian man who went missing in March in northern Elko County, Nev., will resume at the end of this week, according to the Elko County Sheriff's Office.
Sheriff's Lt. Marvin Morton told the Elko Daily Free Press on Monday that the search will focus on the Telephone Creek Road area. The creek is aptly named for the telephone lines that are strung along its corridor.
Morton said he conferred with Charlie Ekberg of the Elko County Search and Rescue team. They believe if Chretien got as far as the creek he may have followed it, assuming the telephone lines would go to a residence. An eight-person search team is being finalized.
Telephone Creek Road is referred to as Forest Service Road 037 on some maps and is in the same search area as before, northeast of Wildhorse Reservoir.
Chretien, 58, and his wife, Rita, were traveling from British Columbia to Las Vegas on March 19 when their van got stuck in the forest. Nearly seven weeks later, antler hunters found Rita alive in the van, where she had survived on snacks and water from a nearby stream. She was taken to St. Luke's Magic Valley Medical Center in Twin Falls to recover, while the search began for her husband, who had left the van on foot.
Last week, Morton flew with El Aero in the focus area around Meadow Creek Road. He received a tip from the Nevada Department of Wildlife, which had staff out surveying for eagles, that there was an area near the Bruneau River with a heavy concentration of ravens and vultures. However, when Morton arrived two days later the birds were virtually gone, and he could find no remains or indicators of Chretien's location. He also explored a cave that went into the mountain fairly deeply, but found nothing other than rodent nests.
Morton said he has been in contact with both Chretien's family and that of Patrick Carnes, who was also reported missing in April. The Humboldt County Sheriff's Office has had routine searches for Carnes ever since his car was found at the Pumpernickel Valley off-ramp near Winnemucca on Interstate 80 with his personal effects - including check book - still in the car. Neither Carnes nor his dog has been found.
With more people out and about in rural areas, Morton said anyone who sees anything out of the ordinary or suspicious should call dispatch. Central Dispatch's non-emergency line is 775-777-7300. However, in an emergency 911 can be called.