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Boise Woman Still Missing At Craters Of The Moon

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By Jay Michaels and Aimee Burnett

Craters of the Moon, Idaho ( KMVT-TV / KTWT-TV ) The search for a missing Boise woman continues at Craters of the Moon today. Dozens of volunteers joined the effort.

It's been almost two weeks since Dr. Jo Elliot-Blakeslee went missing at Craters of the Moon. More than 70 searchers and nine dog teams are braving the rugged, uneven ground at the south end of the park.

Information Officer Guy Pence says, "The main purpose is to either rule those areas in or rule them out, one way or another. So they're looking for any kind of a clue, whether it's an article of clothing, a footprint, a piece of paper, right down to chewing gum, actually."

Two inches of fresh snow at Craters of the Moon added to the challenges that searchers faced.

Workers turned up a ski pole early this afternoon, but it was not linked to Dr. Elliot-Blakeslee. Searchers have also been keeping an eye on the ravens in the park, which have a very keen sense of smell. The volunteers remain optimistic that she's still alive.

Butte County Sheriff Wes Collins says, "We're still hoping that we can find her alive. We're prepared if she's died out there, too."

Despite a lack of clues, search teams refuse to give up.

Chief of Interpretation Ted Stout says, "We are going to continue as long as necessary to try to find Dr. Jo, and bring some closure to her family."

If she's not found, the search will continue this weekend. For now, more questions than answers remain.

To see Facebook updates from Dr. Elliot-Blakeslee's family, visit: facebook.com/searchfordrjo .

October 4, 2013.


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