Update from Baker City Police Department
Involved Person(s): Albert Paul Chretien – 59 years of age
Rita Eleanor Chretien – 56 years of age
On April 6, 2011 law enforcement agencies from multiple jurisdictions, in multiple states, continued the search efforts for missing British Columbia residents Albert and Rita Chretien. The couple was last seen at a convenience store in Baker City, Oregon on March 19, 2011, during a scheduled trip to Las Vegas, Nevada. The investigation and search efforts in Oregon are now entering the 6th day.
At this time the search has extended through Baker, Malheur, Grant and Harney Counties in Eastern and Southeastern Oregon. Over 40 Law Enforcement officers and 18 Search and Rescue volunteers, from six separate Oregon agencies, have traveled over 3,000 miles of state highways and county roads during the search. Malheur County has flown approximately 13 hours over two days, traveling in excess of 1,000 miles over Southeastern Oregon. Weather conditions have still prohibited an aerial search of Baker County.
The Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP)continue to have a significant presence in the investigation, with two investigators in Baker City and six others involved with the case in Canada. Oregon investigators have also contacted multiple U.S. Federal agencies including the United States Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management, requesting assistance.
As this investigation enters its 6th day in Oregon, investigators are continuing to reach out to other states for assistance. Law Enforcement agencies in Idaho, Nevada, Utah and Arizona are being provided information related to the missing couple, along with requests for assistance in looking for the couple.
This case has drawn extensive media attention from Canada, Eastern Oregon and Southwestern Idaho. Canadian television and radio stations from as far east as Toronto have been in daily contact with the Baker City Police Department, with one Canadian television station sending a reporter and cameraman to Baker City.
Law Enforcement is requesting that any anyone with information related to the Chretiens or their missing vehicle to contact the toll free US/Canada Tip Line at 1-877-987-8477 or:
Baker City Police Department: 541-523-3644
Oregon State Police Southern Command Center dispatch: 541-664-4600