Update: Wrong Body Identified in Craters of the Moon

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Updated: 9/27/2013 7:05 pm
UPDATE: The Butte County Coroner says the body recovered Wednesday evening by search crews is actually that of Amelia Linkert.  Officials initially believed the body belonged to Dr. Jodean Elliot-Blakeslee.

On Thursday, the Coroner found clues that prompted further identification measures. Friday afternoon, a state medical examiner made probable positive identification based on dental records that the body recovered was Linkert.

Linkert's cause of death is due to exposure.

This development has not changed how officials are now searching for Elliot-Blakeslee. The search will continue Saturday morning with more than 50 personnel.

Due to the search, Craters of the Moon National Monument and Preserve management staff have indefinitely postponed the Run the Rift 5k Fun Run scheduled for Saturday, so it does not hamper search efforts.


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Officials have identified the body found Wednesday afternoon as that of Jodean Elliott-Blakeslee.

From the Butte County Sheriff's Office and the National Park Service:

The Butte County Sheriff’s Office in conjunction with the National Park Service is continuing the search for one of the two missing day-hikers from the Craters of the Moon National Monument near Arco, Idaho.

One of the missing hikers was found Wednesday afternoon by an Army National Guard helicopter. The body of Jodean Elliott-Blakeslee was found during an aerial search over the park. The victim was found 1.5 miles west of the Tree Molds Trail and 2 miles southwest of the Tree Molds parking lot. It is believed she died of exposure.

Jodean Elliott-Blakeslee and Amelia Linkert were reported missing on Monday morning. Their vehicle was found at the Tree Molds Trailhead parking lot, a popular trail area in the Monument.

The Butte County Sheriff’s Office and National Park Service started searching Monday and have now focused the search within the Park boundaries adjacent to the Tree Molds trail area. Ground teams and rescue search dog teams as well as Army National Guard and Teton Interagency helicopter are assisting with the search over an area of approximately three square miles.

PREVIOUS UPDATE: The body of one of the missing hikers has been recovered in Craters of the Moon National Monument.

Officials have not identified the victim, pending notification of next of kin.

The cause of death appears to be due to exposure.

The search for the other missing hiker has been called off for the night and will resume tomorrow.

We will have more information on this story tonight on KPVI News 6 at 10.


PREVIOUS STORY: The Butte County Sheriff’s Office and the National Park Service are searching for two missing day-hikers from the Craters of the Moon National Monument near Arco, Idaho.

Dr. Jodean Elliott-Blakeslee, 63, and Amelia Linkert, 69, were reported missing on Monday morning. Their vehicle was found at the Tree Molds Trailhead parking lot, a popular trail area in the Monument.

The Butte County Sheriff Office and National Park Service started searching Monday and have focused the search within the Park boundaries. Ground teams and rescue search dog teams as well as Civil Air Patrol planes are currently searching in a coordinated effort. There are at least 40 people working the search over an area of approximately five square miles.

Dr. Elliott-Blakeslee is a physician from the Boise area and works for the Oregon Department of Corrections in Ontario.  Linkert is retired from the Meridian School District.

If you were in the Craters of the Moon or Arco area and saw either woman or their vehicle, please call the Butte County Sheriff’s Office at 208-527-8553
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mareyw - 9/28/2013 1:42 PM
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Are those their driver's license photos? Confused how they could not be found at Craters, it's pretty flat out there.

BKtkr - 9/28/2013 5:14 AM
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So in your world the term "douchebag" is not a personal attack? A little jibe at the Obama bumpersticker and this is the retaliation from you. All you liberal scum are the same, cannot take anything for what it is, everything is somehow an attack... I have no doubt both these ladies were very nice people, I hope they find the Dr alive.. but if 1 person reads this and does not repeat the mistakes that have alread cost 1 life, it will be worth it. 1. Do not leave pets in cars for any amount of time. 2. Take a cell phone at a minimum..911 works a lot of time when you have no bars showing..Buy a SPOT beacon. 3. Let someone know where/when you are going, if someone had known sooner they were missing, they may have been found.

lvslvlywrds - 9/27/2013 10:11 AM
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There is a difference between "not true" and "insensitive. The last statement in your ridiculous first comment is completely unnecessary. Who cares what political views they had. Grow up, learn to accept when you are wrong, and have a heart. As for their treatment of their animals; Amy loves those dogs, and Jo did as well. For someone who has NO idea who these people are, you are completely in the wrong for attacking their political views and their treatment of the dogs. It was a short hike, they left the windows open, water in the car, and the dogs are okay. To contradict your arguments implying that they brought this upon themselves. Amy and Jo are/were experienced hikers. Cell phone service in that area is spotty at best. It was a short hike, so personal locator beacons are rarely brought along, by anyone. As for your statement on my "personal attack" - excuse you, but take your own advice. To use your own words, name one thing I said that wasnt based in fact. Your rude, and unfounded assumptions are painting you in a negative light. Regarding the investigation, I truly hope they find Amy, so this tragic story has some silver lining. Jo was a wonderful woman, and Amy has such a beautiful soul. I really hope that this story has a silver lining.

BKtkr - 9/26/2013 9:36 AM
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Insensitivity? I feel horrible this lady died, I feel horrible the other is missing...I feel horrible that they made poor choices. If anyone reads this and learns and saves their life, it will be worth it. First: Do not leave dogs in vehicles, even for a short amount of time..second, take your cell phone. third, if you are going to remote areas, spend the money and buy a personal locator beacon (SPOT)... it may be a few hundred dollars, but it can and will save your life... btw lvsvlywords? Personal attacks on me do not help, name 1 thing I wrote that is not the truth...

lvslvlywrds - 9/26/2013 7:59 AM
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BKtkr I am disgusted at your insensitivity. You don't know the circumstances. Stop making assumptions and painting yourself the douchebag.

BKtkr - 9/26/2013 5:26 AM
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Piper... It is illegal to leave dogs in vehicles, even for a short amount of time..I'm sure these two ladies were not intending to leave them there for any lare amount of time, but, as we now know, accidents happen. These dogs could have also perished. The animals should have been left at the RV, have someone watch them while you are gone... something. It is very sad that at least 1 lady has died, very sorry for that... also, why did they leave their cell phones behind?

piper - 9/25/2013 8:20 PM
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You leave your dogs in the car when you are going for a short hike in a national park where dogs are not allowed. Stop being so judgmental.

BKtkr - 9/25/2013 1:17 PM
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I hope these 2 are found safe...but, who leaves dogs in a vehicle? The Obama/Biden bumper sticker kind of gives that away...
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