Government Shutdown impacts Craters search for missing Boise doctor

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Government Shutdown impacts Craters search for missing Boise doctor

By Eric Fink. CREATED Oct 1, 2013

Nine federal employees continued searching for a missing Boise hiker near Craters of the Moon National Monument Tuesday despite the government shutdown in Washinton, D.C.

Those employees are furloughed and volunteered to look for Dr. Jo Elliot-Blakeslee in treacherous terrain.

Elliot-Blakeslee has been missing since September 21. Her roommate, Amy Linkert's body was recovered by search crews on September 25.

Craters of the Moon is federal land and the park is currently closed to visitors.

"We don't have all of our staff here to support the searchers let alone continue the business of the park,"  Dan Buckley, the park superintendent said. "We are unable to use volunteeers and coordinate with them because we don't have the ability to suppot them."

Family and friends of Elliot-Blakeslee are asking for experienced backcountry hikers to volunteer and search for their missing loved one. Just click the link associated with this story to see how to sign up and search.