Search and rescue teams scour Craters of the Moon for missing woman

Credit: Blakeslee Search and Rescue

A pair of searchers work through a lava field on Saturday

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by KTVB.COM

KTVB.COM

Posted on September 28, 2013 at 6:53 PM

Updated Saturday, Sep 28 at 10:40 PM

ARCO, Idaho -- As of Saturday, 70 search and rescue personnel along with 7 dog teams are searching the rugged Craters of the Moon for 63-year-old missing Boise woman, Dr. Jo Elliott-Blakeslee. Three search and rescue helicopters. and two experienced cavers are still giving support to the search as well.

Public Information Officer for the search, Traci Weaver, said winter weather and wind advisories are expected in the coming days, and that will limit how they use helicopter crews and dog search teams.

The command center will now continue to monitor the weather, and then determine when and how it's best to resume the search for Elliott-Blakeslee.

Click on the gallery to view pictures documenting the search and the combing of one of Idaho's most unforgiving landscapes.

MISSING WOMEN

Amy Linkert, 69, and her 63-year-old friend Jo Elliott-Blakeslee had planned a day hike in the Craters of the Moon national monument on Thursday September 19, according to the Butte County Sheriff's Office.

The duo was reported missing after Elliott-Blakeslee failed to show up for work the following Monday.

Linkert was found dead by search teams on Wednesday evening, near a popular hiking area. An Idaho National Guard helicopter search team spotted her body from the air.

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