Husband grateful to those who looked for his missing wife
When his wife of 57 years, Pat Osberg, walked away from their Glade Park home on Thanksgiving, her disappearance set in motion an effort that left her husband, Allen, filled with gratitude.
Pat Osberg, 78, was found the next morning after Mesa County Search and Rescue mobilized a search that included helicopters, search dogs, mounted riders, all-terrain vehicles and other equipment.
Pat was found about 24 hours after her disappearance by Glade Park residents who pitched in on the search.
Though he had friends and acquaintances involved in the search, “the vast majority were total strangers,” Allen Osberg said. “They put their lives on hold to search for Pat.”
Pat Osberg, who has Alzheimer’s disease that has taken away her short-term memory, remembers nothing of the night she spent in subfreezing temperatures in a pinyon-juniper forest wearing only a light windbreaker over her clothing.
She was found about four mlles from their home, but Allen said he believes she probably walked 10 miles before collapsing, presumably moments before she was found.
Pat’s survival was the result of a dedicated and well-organized effort, Allen said.
While stressing that he wasn’t making a direct plea, Osberg said he hoped people would remember Mesa County Search and Rescue.
“I’m sure they can always use money,” he said.
Allen now is more careful to accompany his wife when she wants to take a walk, he said.
And though she has no memory of the events, it’s clear to her that she was fortunate, Pat Osberg said.
“I’m very happy that I’m alive and well,” she said.