The missing woman’s body that was recovered Wednesday at Craters of the Moon National Monument in south-central Idaho has since been identified through dental records as Amelia Linkert, not Jodean Elliott-Blakeslee as previously reported.
The search continues today for 70-year-old Elliott-Blakeslee. Linkert, 63, reportedly died due to exposure.
The two Boise women were last seen in Arco on Sept. 19 and were supposed to return home from a camping trip on Sept. 21.
On Friday, helicopters inserted teams into key search site areas with the use of a handler, a dog and a tracker. Ground crews, aided by two cavers, also scoured an area in the monument around Tree Molds Trail and sections to the south and west.
The search team Saturday consists of more than 50 searchers, including eight dog teams and a crew of 21 firefighters.
The women were reported missing when Elliot-Blakeslee, a physician, didn’t show up for work at the Snake River Correctional Institution in Ontario, Ore. The search at the park began on Tuesday.
Park Superintendent Dan Buckley had indicated the women parked their trailer at a commercial campground in Arco, about 22 miles northeast of the monument. The women's dogs, purses and cellular phones were found in a pickup truck at a trailhead at the south end of the monument. The dogs, a pair of Labradoodles, survived.
Currently, there are no signs of foul play.
Due to the search, the Run the Rift Fun Run scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 28 was canceled as staff resources are currently focused on the on-going search for the remaining lost hiker. Information on refunds can be obtained by dialing (208) 527-1360.