Woman lost in Hawaii forest is found alive after 17 days

Monday, 27 May, 2019

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.

"I looked up and they were right on top of me", Ms. Eller told The New York Times.

Besides breaking her leg, she had bruised both ankles and suffered severe sunburn.

A video was posted showing the moment that Eller was lifted to safety after being found by Cantellops, Troy Helmer and Chris Berquist.

She ate moths and wild strawberry guavas, her mother Julia Eller told Maui News. "I'm so incredible grateful".

But when she got up to resume, she was turned around.

Eller was found alive Friday (May 24), sunburned and smiling.

"I wanted to go back the way I'd come, but my gut was leading me another way - and I have a very strong gut instinct", she said.

After 17 days missing, over two weeks searching, and thousands of volunteer hours logged, Amanda Eller is alive and is doing fairly well considering, according to family and friends.

About a half-hour earlier, Eller's dad, John, shared the happy news with volunteer searchers - then invited them to a celebration.

According to a post on the "Findamanda" Facebook page, Amanda Eller has been found alive in the Makawao Forest Reserve.

She was reported missing in Maui on May 9 by her boyfriend, Benjamin Konkol, after her vehicle was found parked near Makawao Forest Reserve with her wallet and cellphone inside on May 8. "WE, however, have just begun the forest search".

"I think she took a good fall". "I was bawling like a baby".

Haynes said the helicopter that Cantellops discovered Eller from was paid for with some of the $75,000 from a GoFundMe campaign.

Eller reportedly fractured her leg and tore her meniscus on the third day as rescue efforts ramped up in the jungle thick with creeks, ravines and brush.

"The last 17 days of my life have been the toughest", Eller said Saturday from a Maui hospital, KHON reported. 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.

Her boyfriend Benjamin Konkol was the last person to see her, and police said he was not considered a suspect.

"I was getting so skinny that I was really starting to doubt if I could survive", Eller said.

"She's not somebody who is going to lay down and give up, that's for damn sure", Olenik said.