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Missing woman found on Mother's Day

CANADA (KLTV) - After disappearing for seven weeks, a Canadian woman has been found alive in Nevada. Search continues for her husband.

Doctors say Rita Chretien was near death when she was discovered.

A simple stop for snacks at an Oregon convenience store was the last time Albert and Rita Chretien were seen together.

Friday, Rita was discovered by hunters in rural Nevada, still inside the couple's van.

"We were praying for a miracle and boy did we get one," says their son, Raymond Chretien.

The Canadian couple left their home in British Columbia on a 1,200 mile trip to a Las Vegas trade show when they got lost.

The Chretiens stayed with the van for three days, until Albert set out on foot to get help. Rita stayed behind reading her bible and surviving on melted snow. The only food she had to eat was what was left in the van. She lived like that for seven weeks.

Doctors say Rita lost thirty pounds and was near death when she was discovered. They say she is making a remarkable recovery.

Spanning three states and 3,000 square miles, the search for Albert has been called off twice because of bad weather. Authorities have their doubts, but their loved ones say they have proof that miracles do happen.

"We got the biggest one we could ever have asked for, and there's still one more to come in. So we're still praying for another," says Raymond.

Authorities say Albert's cell phone does has GPS, but was not dressed for cold weather. They are hoping he found shelter in a hunting cabin.

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