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Dead Day Hikers - Hypothermia and Dehydration

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Post #: 230
I'm only going for a short hike....

ARCO - October 16, 2013 - — Despite poor weather at Craters of the Moon National Monument and Preserve, the search for missing hiker Dr. Jodean “Jo” Elliott-Blakeslee continues.

The physician was first reported missing on Sept. 24 when she did not show up for work. Elliott-Blakeslee is believed to have headed out from the Tree Molds trailhead for a short hike without food, water, or protective clothing on Sept. 19.

The body of the other individual who accompanied Elliott-Blakeslee on the hike, Amelia “Amy” Linkert, was found on Sept. 25 in a remote location of the National Park Service Unit. Officials believe dehydration and hypothermia led to her death. Both women are Boise residents.

This incident also highlights the importance of the Zero essential - leaving your plans and intended return time with a trusted friend or relatiove who will inform the authorities if you don't return when expected.

They went on a day hike on Sept 19 and weren't reported missing until Sept 24. Had they used the Zero essential the SAR would have started on the evening of the 19th and both might be alive today.
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