​Wife Desert Prepared To Die: Woman Found After Stranded In Automobile For Two Weeks

Author: Jennifer HongBy:
Staff Reporter
Jul. 14, 2015

A wife in a desert was prepared to die after she was stranded in her car for two weeks. The woman laid down next to her husband and forgave him for making a wrong turn, according to Yahoo News.

Wife Dianna Bedwell comforted her husband after seeing the anguish on his face, knowing that he made the wrong turn. The desert is a lonely place to die, but she remained with him until his eyes closed.

“I told him, ‘Honey, we all make mistakes. We all make wrong choices.’ That’s all that was,” she said Friday after the memorial service for Cecil “Paul” Knutson, who died a week into the ordeal. “We had 29 wonderful years together. If we make it out, fine. If we don’t make it out, fine.”

Wife Desert Prepared To Die - Missing spouse talks tragedy

Wife Desert Prepared To Die - Missing spouse talks tragedy

The wife was in the desert and prepared to die after she saw Knutson, 79, leave peacefully. She believes that he sent angels to rescue his 68-year-old spouse from further tragedy.

A group of ATVs found her severely dehydrated May 24 on a dirt road near a Boy Scout camp some 65 northeast of San Diego. She was airlifted to a hospital.

The wife and husband, both retired school bus drivers, were heading from a casino to a son’s home near Palm Springs, California, for a Mother’s Day dinner when Knutson took a wrong turn. When he tried to turn around, the car got stuck on a rock, but little did Paul know that he would die in the desert.

When they didn’t arrive, their son, Robert Acosta, called for help. Searches on land and from the air failed to spot the white Hyundai Sonata because it was under trees in such a remote place.

The wife, a diabetic, survived on rainwater, a butter cream pie and 8 pounds of oranges. The desert brings little rain to the area, but it was enough to keep her alive.

Knutson used a cane and walker to get around outside the car, but ultimately neither of them could walk. Paul, a Marine land mine demolition expert in the Korean War, was sweet and kind in his final days and seemed to know when he was about to pass away.

“He just fell asleep,” Bedwell said. “I thank God for that. There was no pain, no anger.” He was found outside the driver’s door.

Dianna Bedwell and Paul Knutson

An autopsy found he died of a heart attack caused by narrowing of blood vessels. Knutson was honored with a 21-gun salute and taps at Riverside National Cemetery, where an urn with his remains was buried.

Even though the wife in the desert was prepared to die, she knew there was nothing Paul could do to save them. Incidents like these usually happen when road signs become missing or when a driver depends on a GPS that gives them the wrong information.

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