Missing Maui Hiker Amanda Eller Found Alive


Her boyfriend, Ben Konkol, reported her missing the next day, and said he was the last person to see her.

Amanda Eller, 35 had been missing since 8 May when she left her phone at home and went hiking in the Makawao Forest Reserve trail in Maui, Hawaii. "But no injuries", Berquist said. They were in a helicopter searching out of the general area where we have been in.

Eller was living in Maui when she went missing.

Eller's mother, Julia, said she "elated" by the good news. Knowing there was little she could do to help the search from so far away, Olenik spent her time sharing Eller's story and helping those who never met Eller realize that she wasn't just some missing hiker, but a loving friend and a member of the Tampa Bay community.

Amanda Eller was rescued from the Makawao Forest Reserve in Maui, Hawaii, on May 24, 2019, after going missing 16 days earlier. "Just like we've been saying - you get turned around in these woods. you get lost, you're gone".

Though Eller was dehydrated and sunburnt, her family told the outlet she was "physically okay" and able to speak, and was recovering at a local hospital. John Eller said that one of the men who had found his daughter was Javier Cantellops, the outlet reported. She was discovered by lead searchers Chris Berquist and Javier Cantellops, who had been scanning the East Maui landscape aboard a private helicopter contracted by the family to aid in the search, family spokeswoman Sarah Haynes said.

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"I feel as if all my training and experience was all designed for this incident", Cantallops wrote on Facebook hours before he found Eller.

Amanda Eller has been found after a two-week search for the Haiku physical therapist, a family spokesperson confirmed on Friday.

"I can't even put it into words", she said. "But the ability to meditate, to stay mentally strong, I'm sure when you have that side of you, that's how you get through".

A Facebook page dedicated to the search said she was only "slightly injured" and said the privately-owned helicopter had been funded by public donations.

According to a family friend, Ms Eller was found in a ravine near Twin Falls and had managed to survive off water and plants.

Helmer told KHON that she was about 20 pounds underweight.