Craters of the Moon National Monument received permission to keep 10 workers at the park under "excepted" status to search for hiker Jo Elliott-Blakeslee, 63, who has been missing for a week. Sixteen of the 19 employees of the park were about to be furloughed, KBOI-TV, Boise, reported Wednesday.
"The probability of finding her alive has diminished, but we are committed to continuing the search," said Dan Buckley, park superintendent.
Elliott-Blakeslee's hiking partner, Amy Linkert, 69, was found dead last Wednesday, KBOI-TV said.
Thunder, lightning, rain and near-freezing temperatures limited the search in the past several days, the (Boise) Idaho Statesman reported.
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