ELKO, Nev. -- A Canadian man whose remains have been found 18 months after he and his wife got stranded in the Nevada wilderness was within six miles of town when he apparently veered off course into mountain snowdrifts.
Hunters found Albert Chretien's remains over the weekend on a mountain near the Nevada-Idaho line.
Elko County Sheriff's Deputy David Prall tells The Associated Press the 59-year-old man was about six miles from where he left the vehicle in March 2011 with his wife Rita, who was rescued after 48 days and survived.
Prall says Albert Chretien would have been on the downhill side of his trip within six miles of Mountain City, but his GPS battery probably failed and he began angling too far north, uphill into the deepest snow.
Prall says it took a courageous man to make it as far as Chretien did.