The couple missing since Mother’s Day has been found after two weeks have passed without anyone hearing a word from the husband and wife. The search for this missing couple continued on Sunday when people riding off-road vehicles happened upon the body of a man and a woman who was alive, but unconscious. They were in a desolate area of wilderness in Warner Springs, according to MSN News on May 25.
The family of the missing couple got to talk with 68-year-old Dianna Bedwell from her hospital bed and the family posted a message on Facebook saying “I got to talk to Mom on the phone. We exchanged I love you s,” according to The LA Times today. Earlier in the day on Sunday they had posted on Facebook that the couple that had been found was indeed the missing California couple. “It’s them…..Rest In Peace Dad.”
Dianna Bedwell was found inside their car and the body of her husband, Cecil Knutson, 79, was found not too far from their damaged vehicle. It appears her husband had been alive for a while during the first part of their horrendous ordeal.
Police had posted an urgent message when the couple first went missing because they both take medication and family members were worried if they were alive and stranded they’d be in dire danger because they were without this medication. Police had asked for the public’s help in finding the couple, but for two weeks there were no signs of the two seniors.
Bedwell told investigators that after they left the Valley View Casino on Mother’s Day they were headed for their son’s home in La Quinta, which is in Riverside County. They took a short cut and ended up in the desolate wilderness when their car broke down. They were planning to have dinner at their son’s house, but they never arrived.
It appears that the husband was alive for some of the time that the couple were stranded in the middle of nowhere, as there were cups scattered all over the area where they collected rainwater to drink. Police said there’s every indication that the couple was in that same spot for the entire two weeks they had been missing. They stayed with the vehicle.
According to San Diego 6 News: “Sheriff’s homicide investigators responded to the hospital and were able to obtain a brief statement from Bedwell,” Nelson said. “The preliminary investigation indicates the couple became lost soon after leaving the casino while attempting to find a shortcut to their ultimate destination. They remained with their vehicle until ultimately found.”
“It’s obvious that they were walking around. They tried to walk out two or three times, but couldn’t make it. It’s just rugged terrain. It’s probably one of the most rugged areas of the reservation. Nobody ever goes down here,” reports Police Chief Dave Sossaman of the Los Coyotes Tribal Police. “Nothing but a four-wheel drive or a dune buggy would be able to get around here.”
When Dianna was found she was in and out of consciousness and airlifted to a hospital. She is in critical condition as she was dangerously dehydrated. Police finally got the chance to speak with her and that is when she told them that they decided to take a short cut to their son’s house and they got lost.
Then their car broke down leaving them stranded. The couple had a few snacks with them in the car, which was the only food they had in those two weeks. She is severely dehydrated and she has doctors and authorities amazed that she managed to stay alive for those two weeks. It was not divulged how her husband died.