Woman found alive after 17 days lost in forest


Amanda Eller had been missing for 16 days when she was found in good condition at about 5 p.m. local time.

Eller, 35, was reported missing on May 8, prompting a massive search.

Amanda Eller, 35, went hiking in Hawaii's Makawao Forest Reserve on May 8 but became lost when she walked deeper into the reserve, which covers more than 800 hectares, instead of heading back to her auto as she believed.

Ms Eller's auto and mobile phone had been found in the Makawao Forest Reserve vehicle park - leading family and friends to suspect she had got lost while hiking.

The family of Amanda Eller confirms that she has been found alive and was found in a forest in Maui.

Speaking to The Times, Ms. Eller said she got lost while hiking within the more than 2,000-acre park.

"She has a fracture on her leg and she's got some things to contend with on her ankles... but overall you know her blood work was good..."

Her disappearance prompted a social media campaign to boost efforts to find her. "So I just want to encourage everyone to not give up hope".

Konkol had been searching every day since the search began for Eller, search volunteers told Maui Now. All the support that we've had here, it's just a miracle.

She picked berries and guava to eat when she could find them.

Eller told her father she was able to walk for the first five to eight days but at some point, she fell into a ravine, which was about seven miles from where she left her vehicle.

"And those two things together are tied with her knowledge of the local vegetation there and the plenty of water, our attractive tropical climate", he said, adding that he knew all along "she can make it".

"It was unbelievable, dude", Cantellops said. "It was nothing short of elation".

"Amanda Eller you are one tough ass woman!"

It was not immediately clear how or to what extent Eller was injured, but Berquist said Eller was "very alert" and "very surprised to see us".

"What she's been through, you'd never be able to tell", Dr. Zora Bulatovic said.

"Elated. Excited. Ecstatic", Julia Eller told NBC News affiliate KHNL in Honolulu. She just talk to her father on the phone. She suffered a broken leg, a torn meniscus in her knee, sunburns and scrapes, The New York Times reported.

"This search and rescue was truly a community collaboration of Maui County first responders, family, friends and community volunteers", Mr Victorino said in a statement.

Her family asked for experienced rapellers and hunters to help look for the missing hiker in the densely-covered forest. "God bless them all".