ARCO -- Searchers looking for a missing Boise woman at Craters of the Moon National Monument and Preserve scaled back operations Sunday as a storm system moved in the area.
A search and rescue spokesperson said that the Monument had recorded a wind gust of 65 miles per hour Sunday morning, with sustained winds of 46 mph. Those weather conditions are expected to continue for several days.
Just over 20 searchers, down from nearly 70 yesterday, will continue to hike through areas where they believe Dr. Jodean “Jo” Elliott-Blakeslee may have traveled.
Searcher say they're now focusing their efforts on the east and south sides of Big Cinder Cone, after clues found over the past two days indicated Elliott-Blakeslee may be in that area.
Because of high wind warnings and poor visibility, search helicopters are grounded.
Officials say several dog teams will still work search areas, but their effectiveness decreases under rainy conditions.
Elliott-Blakeslee was last seen on Thursday, September 19. She and her hiking partner, Amelia "Amy" Linkert, are believed to have headed out from the Tree Molds trailhead for a short hike without food, water, or protective clothing.
Linkert's body was discovered by searchers on Wednesday.
Officials stress that while some resources are being cut back, the search for Elliot-Blakeslee will continue.