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.
PREVIOUS UPDATE: 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