Former MN woman's body found in Idaho wilderness

9:41 AM, Sep 28, 2013   |    comments
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BUTTE COUNTY, Idaho. - A medical examiner in Idaho said that the body of a missing hiker found in the Idaho wilderness is actually former Minnesotan Amelia "Amy" Linkert.

The body was found on Wednesday and originally was believed to be Linkert's friend, Jodean Elliot-Blakeslee.

The two were reported missing after embarking on a day hike at Craters of the Moon National Monument near Arco, Idaho.

Deputies and U.S. Park Rangers continued their search for Elliot-Blakeslee on Friday, though for much of the day, they thought they were searching for Linkert.

Linkert's body was found by an Army-National Guard helicopter during an aerial search over the park. It is believed that she died of exposure.

Linkert is a native of Rosemount who moved to Boise seven years ago.

The Butte County Sheriff's Office and National Park Service started searching Tuesday.

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