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Search for Missing Canadian Couple Last Seen in Baker City, Oregon
04/03/2011
Corporal Dan Moskaluk
RCMP "E" Division Strategic Communications Section
Senior Media Relations Officer
1-250-863-7433
 
Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
Public Information Officer
Oregon State Police
(503) 731-3020 ext. 247

The following news release is being distributed at the request of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP)
 
Photograph links valid 30 days - Source: Royal Canadian Mounted Police
 
 
The Penticton RCMP assisted by the "E" Division Major Crimes Unit are continuing their investigation into the disappearance of a Penticton couple after their family reported them missing March 31st. Law enforcement agencies in the western United States are assisting RCMP with the release of their information to area media and providing any needed help to locate the couple.
 
RCMP investigators obtained store security video footage from Baker City, Oregon confirming ALBERT CHRETIEN, age 59, and his wife, RITA CHRETIEN, age 56, made a gas purchase Saturday, March 19, 2011, at local Shell gas station/convenience store (Still images from the video are provided with this release). Investigators also confirmed that ALBERT and RITA CHRETIEN crossed into Washington via Oroville on March 19 at approximately 7:05 a.m. They stopped in Baker City where the gas purchase was made at 2:45 p.m. while they were on a business trip enroute to Las Vegas, Nevada. The couple did not arrive at their destination.
 
"To date, the couples banking activities and cell phone usage have been nil. The Penticton RCMP is liaising with several U.S. police agencies in order to forward the information state side in attempts to locate the couple," said RCMP Corporal Dan Moskaluk.
 
The couple's children grew concerned after the pair did not return from their trip to Las Vegas as planned. The couple was scheduled to return last week between Monday and Wednesday. Family members are very concerned and note that their parents failing to show for the planned attendance at a trade show and convention is out of the ordinary, adding that the couple are local business owner operators which has had a direct effect and concern to many others including the small staff they employ.
 
ALBERT and RITA CHRETIEN were traveling in their two-tone tan colored 2000 Chevy Astro van displaying British Columbia license plates 212-CAV. A more detailed vehicle description is provided below in this news release. (Note: the photograph provided with this release is of a similar looking van)
 
The RCMP and U.S. State and county agencies are now concentrating their investigative efforts in the Baker City and Oregon State area, the last known whereabouts of the Canadian couple.
 

The missing couple is described as:
 
ALBERT CHRETIEN, age 59
  • Caucasian male, 5'6", 175 lbs, with blue eyes and brown hair bald on top
  • Black baseball cap with bold white lettering logo "RITAL" and smaller orange lettering "Enterprises Ltd" (photo of hat provided with this release)
  • Khaki button up dress shirt
  • Black jeans and black shoes
 
RITA CHRETIEN, age 56
  • Caucasian female, 5'3", 135 lbs, blue eyes and wears glasses, shoulder length brown hair worn in pony tail
  • Brown jacket with light colored collar
  • White blouse/shirt
  • Beige mesh purse
  • Dark leather lace up shoes
  • Last seen wearing sunglasses
 
VEHICLE DESCRIPTION
  • 2000 Chevrolet Astro van displaying British Columbia license 212-CAV
  • Van is a two-tone tan exterior (darker shade of tan on top and lighter shade on bottom
  • Rear wheel drive
  • Cloth interior, no sunroof, and wind visor on the top of the windshield is the same color as the top darker tone of the vehicle
  • Running boards on both sides that run from front tire to the back tire and are same color as the lighter lower tan tone
  • There are black grip tape strips on the surface of the running boards
  • The rear of the vehicle has some minor damage on the left side bumper and is slightly bent inward/upward from a previous accident
  • Stock rims on the front with all season tires (believed all season), and the rear tires are likely winter tires with painted silver rims and a silver hubcap
 
RCMP, with the help of U.S. state and county police services in Oregon and Nevada, are asking for the public's assistance in obtaining information regarding the whereabouts of Albert and Rita Chretien. Anyone with information should contact their local police departments and quote the Penticton Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) file 2011-3395. Phone numbers that may be called to report information:

 
Penticton RCMP: 1-250-492-4300
Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-8477
Oregon State Police Southern Command Center Dispatch: (541) 664-4600
Baker City, Oregon Police Department: (541) 523-3644