The body of a missing Idaho hiker has been found, according to ABC News on Oct. 23. Dr. Jo Elliott-Blakeslee, 63, was found Tuesday night in Craters of the Moon National Monument and Preserve.
The Idaho hiker was found just about a mile from where her companion was found in September. The search for Elliott-Blakeslee was believed by some to have been hampered by the government shutdown, as rescuers had limited access to dogs, planes and helicopters. Though they were initially set to be furloughed, 10 rangers volunteered to search the area on foot and an exception was made to allow them to stay involved.
Elliott-Blakeslee's companion, Amy Linkert, was found on Sept. 25, two days after the pair had been reported missing. Their car had been found with their cell phones, purses and dogs inside. The dogs of the Idaho hiker are said to be with friends and family now in safe care.
Though everybody had hoped for a different outcome regarding the missing Idaho hiker, now family and friends can at least have some closure regarding Dr. Elliott-Blakeslee's disappearance.