“One Day the Facts Will Be Known”: High-Profile Attorney Investigates Couple’s Disappearance

The surviving spouse Dianna Bedwell has hired high-profile attorney Gloria Allred who said she's investigating the facts surrounding the couple's disappearance

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A California woman who survived for two weeks after she and her husband got lost on Mother’s Day has hired a high-profile attorney for a number of legal issues and questions, the attorney said Tuesday.

Dianna Bedwell, 67, is undergoing rehabilitation for injuries she sustained when the car she was riding in went off the road near Warner Springs, northeast of San Diego.

She’s also planning funeral arrangements for her husband, Cecil "Paul" Knutson, 79, whose body was found near the vehicle.

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

Los Angeles-based attorney Gloria Allred said Bedwell was in the Palm Springs area while she recovers from the ordeal.

When asked why she was hired, Allred said she was contacted by a family member.

"There's quite a bit that needs to be investigated," Allred told KMIR-TV without offering specifics. 

"One day the facts will be known," she said. 

The Fullerton, California, residents were last seen leaving Valley View Casino May 10 in their white 2014 Hyundai Sonata.

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.

Knutson and Bedwell were expected to arrive for a family dinner at their son’s home in La Quinta. When they didn’t arrive, family members called local law enforcement.

On May 24, 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.

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

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

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