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Body of missing hiker found at Craters of the Moon after four-week search

The Associated Press has this report on the recovery of the body of a missing hiker at Craters of the Moon: POCATELLO, Idaho (AP) — Searchers have found the body of a Boise woman after a four-week effort at Craters of the Moon National Monument in south-central Idaho. Park Superintendent Dan Buckley says the body of Dr. Jodean “Jo” Elliott-Blakeslee was spotted Tuesday evening by park rangers in a helicopter. Her body was about a mile from where the body of her friend Amy Linkert, was found on Sept. 26. Butte County officials said it appeared the 69-year-old Linkert died of exposure. The women were last seen on Sept. 19 at a campground in Arco and were reported missing several days later after Elliott-Blakeslee didn't report for work at the Oregon Department of Corrections in Ontario, Ore. Officials believe the two had intended to go on a short hike. Their phones, purses and dogs were found in a pickup.


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Betsy Z. Russell covers Idaho news from The Spokesman-Review's bureau in Boise.

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