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BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Searchers on Sunday scaled back efforts to find a second missing Boise woman at Craters of the Moon National Monument as a storm system with winds up to 65 mph moved through the central Idaho area.

National Park Service spokeswoman Traci Weaver says crews are also assessing the likely survivability of 63-year-old Jo Elliott-Blakeslee. Officials say she entered the area last week on a short day hike without food, water or protective clothing. Searchers found the body of 69-year-old Amy Linkert Wednesday.

She appeared to have died from exposure. About 20 searchers are in the area Sunday, down from about 70 on Saturday. The women were reported missing Sept. 23 when Elliot-Blakeslee, a physician, didn’t show up for work at the Snake River Correctional Institution in Ontario, Ore.

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Authorities say they misidentified the body of a woman found at Craters of the Moon National Monument but that won’t alter the search for her missing hiking partner.

National Park Service spokeswoman Traci Weaver says the Butte County Coroner on Friday identified the body found Wednesday as Amy Linkert, whose 70th birthday was Thursday. She appeared to have died from exposure. Weaver says the change doesn’t alter plans by searchers Saturday as they look for 63-year-old Jo Elliott-Blakeslee.

Weaver says the search includes 66 individuals, seven dogs and a helicopter. The two women were last seen in Arco on Sept. 19. They were reported missing Monday when Elliot-Blakeslee, a physician, didn’t show up for work at the Snake River Correctional Institution in Ontario, Ore.

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