ARCO, Idaho – The body of a 63-year-old hiker reported missing at the Craters of the Moon National Monument a month has been found, according to officials with the National Park Service.
Park rangers conducting a helicopter search of the lava fields near the Tree Molds Trails Tuesday evening spotted the body of Dr. Jo Elliott-Blakeslee. Officials say her body was found about one mile from where searchers found the body of her hiking companion Amelia Linkert. They were reported missing on Sept. 24.
“We hope that this will bring closure to her family, friends and all those who have been involved in the search. We join the family in thanking the searchers and local communities for the tremendous outpouring of support that we have received throughout this intense effort”, said Park Superintendent Dan Buckley.
A cause of death is still pending the investigation by the coroner and law enforcement personnel.
Authorities with the Butte County Sheriff's Office and National Park Service have been working with dozens of volunteers to search for the women. Linkert's body was found on Sept. 26, the day she would have turned 70. She died from exposure.
The women were last seen at a campground in Arco on Sept. 19. Their vehicle was found at the Tree Molds Trailhead parking lot, a popular hiking area in Craters of the Moon.
Blakeslee worked as a physician for the Oregon Department of Corrections in Ontario. Linkert was retired from the Meridian School District.