Hawaii Woman Missing for 2 Weeks Rescued from Maui Forest


More than two weeks ago, Amanda Eller hiked into a forest in Hawaii and disappeared.

A short time after she was found, Amanda Eller was reportedly flown by helicopter to the Maui Memorial Medical Center and has since been reunited with her family.

In a happy press conference, her father, John Eller, said he is thrilled Amanda was found alive.

Eller, 35, a physical therapist and yoga instructor who lives in Hawaii, parked outside Makawao Forest Reserve for a hike, leaving her keys, phone and wallet behind. "We said that in the beginning and it was absolutely true", said her father John Eller, KITV reported.

Sources familiar with the search for Eller tell Hawaii News Now that she was spotted Friday afternoon by a helicopter pilot who had been contracted by her family to continue their search.

Incredible footage has been released showing the moment a yoga teacher who had been missing for more than two weeks in a forest was airlifted to safety. Other images show injuries to both her feet and ankles and the creek bed where she was found. "She was just very lost". "She was just very lost". Air 1 sent in a basket and they littered her out; and the Air 1 also pulled us out and dropped us off on a bluff.

Eller's mother, Julia, said she "elated" by the good news.

It is unknown how or to what extent Eller was injured, as well as how she survived until she was found.

Amanda Eller was found by a search team on Friday, May 25, 2019. She has a little bit of exposure from the sun, a little bit of sunburn.

Her boyfriend, Benjamin Konkol, told ABC News on May 16 that he believed she was still in the forest and did not suspect foul play. She was reported missing May 8, triggering a massive search that drew scores of volunteers after authorities scaled back their efforts. "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".

"She had been eating plants for several days and staying alive", said Berquist.

"I never gave up hope for a minute", she said. Troy Helmer, who was with the group that found Eller, told KHON2 that Eller was about 20 pounds underweight. If I let myself get mired in self pity of how bad this is, I can't help her if I'm caught up in that.