Maui hiker who went missing for two weeks found alive

A 35-year-old physical therapist and yoga instructor who went missing in the Makawao Forest Reserve on Maui, Hawaii, two weeks ago has been found alive, according to her family and a Facebook page devoted to the search.

Amanda  was found injured, apparently not seriously, late on Friday in the forest above the island’s Twin Falls, “between two waterfalls down a deep ravine in a creek bed,” according to a post on the Facebook page.

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Lead searchers Chris Berquist and Javier Cantellops spotted the missing physical therapist and yoga instructor during a helicopter search.

A Facebook page, Findamanda, included regular updates on the search for Eller dating to when she was reported missing on May 9.

Maui’s Search Rescue didn’t immediately respond to Bloomberg’s request for comment. John Eller, the hiker’s father, said that his daughter “took a good fall” and got lost trying to make her way out of the area, according to a video posted by the Maui 24/7 Facebook page.

 

The area where Eller was found is believed to have been roughly four miles from where her car and cell phone were discovered on May 9, in the parking lot of the Kahakapao Loop Trail of the Makawao Forest Reserve, KGMB reported.

Maui County Mayor Michael Victorino said he’s grateful for the community’s efforts in the search.

“This search and rescue was truly a community collaboration of Maui County first responders, family, friends and community volunteers,” Victorino said in a statement. “I extend my deepest appreciation for everyone involved in searching for and locating Amanda. Your work, determination and sacrifice has helped return her to her loving family. God bless them all.”

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