Woman Who Survived on Rainwater Recovering at Home: Atty.

Dianna Bedwell, 67, and her husband Cecil "Paul" Knutson, 79, went missing after a Mother's Day trip to a Southern California casino and were stranded for two weeks off the road in a remote area in Warner Springs

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A California woman who survived for two weeks on rainwater and pies after she and husband got lost on Mother’s Day has been released from the hospital, her attorney confirmed Friday.

Dianna Bedwell, 67, had been undergoing rehab for injuries she sustained when the car she was riding in with her husband went off the road last month near Warner Springs, northeast of San Diego, stranding the couple in a remote area. Her husband, Cecil “Paul” Knutson, did not survive.

High-profile attorney Gloria Allred released an update on the condition of her client, saying she had been released and was finally able to go home. 

“Dianna still has a long road ahead of her because of her grief about the loss of her husband of 27 years and because she is still in recovery,” Allred said in a prepared statement. “Her family is overjoyed that she is now home and she will continue to have their love and support.”

The attorney said memorial services for Bedwell’s late husband, Cecil “Paul” Knutson, 79, will be held on July 10 at Riverside National Cemetery in Riverside, Calif. His ceremony will include military honors for his service as a U.S. Marine, Allred said.

“Dianna thanks the community for their continuing support of her during this difficult time,” the attorney added.

Bedwell and Knutson, of Fullerton, were reported missing on May 10 when they disappeared after a Mother’s Day trip to Valley View Casino in north San Diego. A surveillance camera caught the couple as they left the casino around 2 p.m. that day in their white 2014 Hyundai Sonata.

The couple was expected to arrive for a family dinner at their son’s home in La Quinta, California.. When they failed to show up, family members called local law enforcement.

For several days, San Diego County Sheriff’s Department and Riverside County Sheriff’s Department
along with volunteers and family members scoured the roads and desert area between Valley Center and La Quinta in search of the missing couple.

On May 24 – two weeks later – the couple’s car was found by a man four-wheeling in a remote and rocky area near Warner Springs along State Route 79, approximately 47 miles from the casino.

Bedwell was alive, but her husband did not survive. His body was found near the disabled vehicle.

Police from the Los Coyotes Reservation said it appeared the couple survived on rainwater and pies during 14 days they were stranded off the road.

After Bedwell was found safe, the family hired Allred because, as the attorney told KMIR-TV, "There's quite a bit that needs to be investigated. One day the facts will be known.”

Knutson survived for part of the time the couple was in the remote desert area but Allred wouldn’t go into specifics last month.

“The truth is something she’ll share when it’s time for her, when she’s ready to speak,” Allred said referring to Bedwell. “I’m hoping one day everyone will know what a hero she is.”

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