BUTTE COUNTY, Idaho. - Officials say inclement weather has forced them to scale back their search for the a missing hiker in Idaho.
Search and rescue crews are looking for Dr. Jodean "Jo" Elliott-Blakeslee after the body of her friend, former Minnesotan Amelia Linkert, was found on Wednesday in the Idaho wilderness.
Officials say they have 20 searchers out, down from nearly 70 on Saturday, as a storm system moves into the area, limiting their efforts. They say high winds and poor visibility is making the search difficult.
The two women were reported missing missing after embarking on a day hike at Craters of the Moon National Monument near Arco, Idaho.
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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