An Idaho hiker, who went missing during the government shutdown, was found dead at Craters of the Moon National Park. Her body was found just a mile from the spot where her friend’s body was found last month, according to The Inquisitr on Oct. 23.
The body was recovered on Tuesday, which is just a day short of a month since she was reported missing. Dr. Jo Elliott-Blakeslee, 63, was hiking with her friend Amy Likert, whose body was found a month ago when the two women were first reported missing.
Because of the government shutdown, there was no resources to search for Elliot Blakeslee, there was no access to helicopters, search and rescue dogs and especially personal. The women were reported on Sept. 24 as missing by their families. The women were last seen camping at the Craters of the Moon National Park on Sept. 19.
Linkert’s body was found just a few days into a search conducted by 10 furloughed park rangers who made it their mission to help find these missing women despite not getting paid. With a park as big as Crater of the Moon, the search parties would need to be a good size to cover all the ground.
It wasn’t until the government shutdown was over and search parties resumed that the second missing Idaho hiker was found.
The Park Superintendent Dan Buckley said he hopes finding the body of the hiker will help bring closure to the family. He also thanked the park rangers who continued the search during the government shutdown and the people in the community who came out to help.
How these two women died is not known, but an investigation is on-going today.