Government Shutdown Could Cost Jo Elliott-Blakeslee Her Life
The government shutdown is causing headaches for a lot of people, but for Jo Elliott-Blakeslee, it could mean her life. Literally.
The partial government shutdown has delayed the search for Jo who went missing at an Idaho national monument. Jo is 63 years old and she went missing at Craters of the Moon National Monument, but with 16 staff employees placed on furlough, the search was put on hold Tuesday morning. Only a handful of staff members resumed the search Tuesday afternoon and continued into yesterday.
The search had already been scaled back because of bad weather earlier in the week. Jo and 69-year-old Amy Linkert were last seen on Sept. 19 when they went for a short day hike at Craters. Amy’s body was found last Wednesday and it appears she died from exposure, but Jo’s family is holding out hope she’s still alive.