The body of a Boise woman who had been missing for more than a month at Craters of the Moon National Monument east of Carey was located by a helicopter team early Tuesday evening.
Monument officials reported in a news release that the body of 63-year-old Dr. Jodean Elliot-Blakeslee was found about a mile from where the body of her hiking companion, 69-year-old Amelia Linkert, also of Boise, was found on Sept. 25.
Butte County officials reported earlier that Linkert died of exposure. Information on the cause of death of Elliot-Blakeslee was not available Thursday.
Discovery of Elliot-Blakeslee’s body brought to a close a massive search in remote lava fields of the monument. Ground crews, dog teams and aircraft were utilized to search the difficult terrain.
The Idaho Statesman reported Thursday that up to 70 people were searching on some days and that a total of more than 6,000 volunteer hours was used in the search for Elliot-Blakeslee.
Monument officials reported that the body was discovered by park rangers in a helicopter, contracted from Reeder Air Service in Twin Falls.
“We hope this will bring closure to her family, friends and all those who have been involved in the search, monument Superintendent Dan Buckley stated in the news release. “We join the family in thanking the searchers and local communities for the tremendous outpouring of support we have received throughout this intense effort.”
The search for the two women started on Sept. 24. Their last known whereabouts prior to that was on Sept. 19 at a campground in Arco. Monument officials reported earlier that the women’s vehicle was found in the parking lot of the Tree Molds Trailhead and that the appearance of the vehicle suggested the women only intended on being gone for a short time.
Elliot-Blakeslee was a physician at the Snake River Correctional Institution in Ontario, Ore. Linkert was a retired teacher from the Meridian School District.
Terry Smith: email@example.com