Surveillance images of missing B.C. couple released
Mounties have released a series of images of Albert and Rita Chretien, who went missing last month en route to Las Vegas, that confirm Baker City, Oregon as their last known whereabouts.
The pictures also provide a clear view of the clothing the 59-year-old man and his 56-year-old wife were last seen in.
Albert is seen in black jeans, a khaki dress shirt, black shoes and a black baseball cap with the logo "Rital" in bold, white lettering. He is 5-6 tall, 175-lbs. with blue eyes and brown hair.
Rita is seen in a brown jacket and white blouse with dark leather shoes and a beige mesh purse. She is 5-3 tall with shoulder-length blond hair, blue eyes and glasses.
Cpl. Dan Moskaluk says Mounties, in cooperation with U.S. authorities, are now focusing their search in Oregon State.
The Chretiens, who own a Penticton excavation business, crossed the Osoyoos-Oroville border on March 19 on the way to a trade show in Nevada. They never made it to their hotel.
Daughter-in-law Jennifer Chretien says the disappearance is completely out of character for the couple. "They're just not like the type to just flit off," she said. "They wouldn't make anyone worry that way."
Their cell phone and bank accounts haven't been accessed since they left home, and their credit card was last used at the Shell station in Baker City.
The couple was travelling in a light brown 2000 Chevrolet Astro minivan with the B.C. licence plate number 212 CAV. Their family is hoping someone will remember seeing it, or the couple, and come forward.
"If someone has seen a van that looks like that, with a middle-aged couple together – if they can just give the RCMP or their local police department a call," Chretien said.
Anyone with information is asked to call their local police department and quote the Penticton RCMP file 2011-3395.