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Body of former Minnesotan found dead in Idaho wilderness

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After some confusion, investigators have determined that the body of a former Minnesotan who was lost hiking in the Idaho wilderness has been recovered.

KBOI TV in Boise, Idaho reports, that the body of the missing woman found at Craters of the Moon National Monument was incorrectly identified on Wednesday. The report indicates that officials say the medical examiner investigated the body and determined through dental records that Amy Linkert's body was recovered, not her hiking partner Dr. Jo Elliot-Blakeslee, as was previously reported.

Officials are continuing their search Saturday for Elliot-Blakeslee with more than 50 searchers, a crew of 21 firefighters and eight dog teams.

KMVT-TV reports, that a National Park Service Public Information Officer, said the preliminary identification of the body was incorrect.

KARE 11 reports, that Linkert is a native of Rosemount, and moved to Boise seven years ago.

Linkert died of exposure.

The Idaho National Guard sent two Blackhawk Helicopters to help in the search, they are focusing the search in a five square mile area near Tree Molds, Broken Top Loop, and Wilderness trails on the south end of the monument.

The women's dogs, cell phones and other items were found in their vehicle.

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