Canadian man tries to drive wife home after she dies near Pasco

OKANOGAN – Tonasket Police are conducting an investigation after they contacted a Canadian man on his way back to Canada with his dead wife.

“Apparently an elderly Canadian couple were returning back to Canada from the U.S. last Saturday. At around 2:15 p.m. the husband called dispatch and requested that he be put in touch with the authorities at the border. The subject advised that he was headed back to Canada with his wife, who had died and wanted the authorities at the border to understand that he needed to get home,” said Okanogan County Sheriff Frank Rogers, who described the incident as a sad story and expressed his sympathy for the family.

“After several minutes the Okanogan County Communications Deputy was able to find out that the husband believed his wife had died somewhere around Pasco, Wash. but had not called anyone until he was just outside of Tonasket,” said Sheriff Rogers.

The Communications Deputy was able to convince the subject that he needed to pull over and stop which he eventually did and the Tonasket Police Department was able to make contact them.

“The Tonasket Police Department is conducting the investigation at this time,” Rogers said.

About Gary DeVon

Gary DeVon is the managing editor of the Okanogan Valley Gazette-Tribune and celebrated his 25th year at the newspaper in August 2012. He graduated from Gonzaga University with a degree in Communications - Print Journalism, with an emphasis in photojournalism. He is a proud alumnus of Oroville High School. His family first settled in Okanogan County in the late 1800s. His parents are Judy DeVon and the late Larry DeVon and he has two younger brothers - Dante and Michael. Many family members still call Oroville home. He has a grown daughter, Segornae Douglas and a young granddaughter, Erin.

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