An elderly couple who has been missing for more than two weeks was found in a very remote region of San Diego County.
The husband was found dead and the woman was severely dehydrated, authorities said in an official statement.
The elderly couple was Cecil Knutson, 79 years old, and his wife, Dianna Bedwell, 68.
Both had been school bus drivers and were now retired.
The couple was found in the vicinity of a boy scouts camp, in the Los Coyotes Indian Reservation, close to Warner Springs.
The man’s body was discovered near their car, while the woman was inside the car when she was found.
According to the authorities, the couple was last seen on May 10 when they left the Valley View Casino in Valley Centre, approximately 25 miles west of the wild camp.
The authorities explained the two were heading to see their son at his home in the Palm Springs area. They wanted to spend a Mother’s Day together but the son said they did not show up, nor did they return to their home in Orange County.
Robert Acosta, the elderly couple’s son, told the authorities that he didn’t know if his parents had been kidnapped or had an accident and cannot be found.
Acosta said that he was scared something very bad might have happened to his parents and that he needed answers.
Witnesses say the couple was driving a 2014 White Hyundai Sonata when they left the casino.
The woman, who was in critical condition and had to be airlifted to the hospital for treatment said that she and her husband got lost when they were trying to look for a shortcut.
She added that the car got stuck on a rugged road.
Their disappearance alarmed the family who called the police. There were several ground and air searches in all the area.
The two were found by an off-road team on Sunday afternoon.
The woman talked about the extremely traumatizing experience, saying that she survived drinking rain water and eating very little food that they brought with them in the car.
Because the woman was in critical condition, the authorities had a very limited conversation with her and did not ask about how her husband died. Both of them suffered from diabetes, official sources stated.
Ken Nelson, sheriff Lt., said it’s “a miracle” the woman survived because it would have been difficult for a person in good health to survive the wilderness for such a long time, let alone a diabetic.
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