BUTTE COUNTY, Idaho. - Deputies and U.S. Park Rangers continue their search for a former Minnesota woman who disappeared while hiking in the Idaho wilderness.
Crews began looking Tuesday for Amelia "Amy" Linkert and her friend JodeanElliot Blakeslee, after theywere reported missing after embarking on a day hikeat Craters of the Moon National Monument near Arco, Idaho.
The body of Elliott-Blakeslee was found by an Army-National Guard helicopter during an aerial search over the park.Shewas found 1.5 miles west of the Tree Molds Trail and 2 miles southwest of the Tree Molds parking lot. It is believed Elliot-Blakeslee died of exposure.
Linkert, a native of Rosemount who moved to Boise 7 years ago, is still missing. Their vehicle was found at the Tree Molds Trailhead parking lot, a popular trail area in the Monument.
The Butte County Sheriff's Office and National Park Service started searching Tuesday and have now focused the search within the Park boundaries adjacent to the Tree Molds trail area.
Ground teams and rescue search dog teams as well as Army National Guard and Teton Interagency helicopter are assisting with the search over an area of approximately three square miles.
Linkert's family shared some of her history with KARE 11. They wrote:
Amy was a life long Minnesota woman. She was born and raised in Rosemount Minnesota. In her younger years she was a missionary in New Guinea and Africa which where Jo and Amy met as missionaries and have been friends since then. After that she became a school teacher in the Minneapolis School District and taught in that district until 1999. She then moved out to Idaho to teach and has been there ever since. She comes back to Minnesota to visit family and friends every year. Her family and friends are praying for her safe return.