Idaho Rangers Allowed to Keep Working in Search For Missing Woman

By Paige Browning

One grim story in south-central Idaho got a sliver of hope from the national park system Wednesday. Employees at Craters of the Moon National Monument received an exemption from federal furlough requirements in order to continue searching for a missing hiker.
The park was only supposed to keep three of its 19 employees working during the government’s partial shutdown. But the park received permission to keep ten addition workers. And they’re not wasting any time.
Stout: “You’ve reached the voicemail for Ted Stout. I’ll be out in the field assisting with the search effort. If you need immediate assistance…”
Ted Stout and other rangers are searching for 63-year old Jo Elliot-Blakeslee. She and hiking partner Amy Linkert went missing September 19th after parking a car in Craters of the Moon preserve and heading out for a hike. 69-year-old Linkert was found dead last Wednesday.

Stout says the rangers in the search are in top physical condition. They have narrowed their search to an area of the park called Derelict Lava Flow. Stout says the terrain can be brutal.
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