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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.

Search for missing hiker may turn to drones, crowdsourcing

NPR reporter Jessica Robinson reports this morning that the search for missing hiker Jo Elliott-Blakeslee at Craters of the Moon – which was initially hampered by the federal government shutdown and now has stretched on unsuccessfully for more than three weeks – is turning to new tactics. The National Park Service is looking into getting an unmanned aerial drone to fly over the park and take photographs, then posting the photos online to “crowdsource” the hunt, by getting people to pore over the photos for clues to the woman’s whereabouts. “If they happen to see something, that might be that clue that we're looking for,” Craters Superintendent Dan Buckley told Robinson.

After weeks of effort, searchers on the ground are nearing the limits of what they can do in the jagged lava fields, Buckley said; the 63-year-old Elliott-Blakesless’s hiking partner, Amy Linkert, was found dead a few days after the two went missing on what apparently was intended to be just a day hike. You can read Robinson’s full report here on the NWNewsNetwork.

Special exception lets Craters of Moon rangers restart search for missing hiker

Here's a news item from the Associated Press: ARCO, Idaho (AP) — Employees at Craters of the Moon National Monument in south-central Idaho have received an exemption from federal furlough requirements so rangers can continue to search for a Boise woman who has been missing for nearly two weeks. Sixteen of the monument's 19 employees were to be furloughed during the federal government shutdown that started Tuesday, but the park received permission Wednesday to keep 10 additional workers under “excepted” status during the search for 63-year-old Jo Elliott-Blakeslee. Elliott-Blakeslee's hiking partner, 69-year-old Amy Linkert, was found dead on Sept. 25. The women were last seen near Arco on Sept. 19. On Monday, Elliott-Blakeslee's family members asked for experienced hikers to help with the search. Park spokesman Ted Stout says the 10 rangers working the search are in top physical condition.

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

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