Hawaiian yoga teacher missing for over two weeks rescued from Maui forest

Clay Curtis
May 26, 2019

A woman has been found alive more than two weeks after she went missing on Maui, Hawaii.

Amanda Eller, 35, was rescued Friday beside a creek bed at the bottom of a ravine in a national forest on Maui after she was spotted by a helicopter. She got lost and was stuck and slightly injured in the forest- way way out.

Eller went missing on May 8 after going to the forest for a jog. Her vehicle was later discovered in the parking lot with her cellphone and wallet. A GoFundMe page dedicated to helping to fund her family and friends' search raised more than $77,000.

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.

"I wanted to give up", Eller, 35, said from her hospital bed late Friday.

Julia Eller told The Maui News that finding her daughter alive "is just the greatest news I've ever gotten in my whole life - that my daughter has not only been found, but that she's in reasonably good condition for what she's been through".

Photos posted to Facebook show her ankles swollen and legs covered in large, blistered wounds.

Her rescuers were Javier Cantellops, Troy Helmer and Chris Berquist.

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Her mom told the Honolulu-based KHON-TV station that her daughter's leg fracture would require additional treatment. "I love you guys so much, thank you guys so much".

Olenik, who met Eller when the two worked together in St. Petersburg, is part of a Facebook group chat that Eller's friends used to keep in touch after she went missing. They weren't even really looking for her per se, but ways to get dropped off near points of where they might pick up her trail.

She had meant to go on a three-mile run but somehow got turned around.

"I feel as if all my training and experience was all designed for this incident", Cantallops wrote on Facebook hours before he found Eller. "WE, however, have just begun the forest search".

Eller was released from a Maui hospital on Saturday and is recovering at a family member's home, said John Eller, her father, NBC News reported.

Ms Eller was in an area with thick vegetation, he said.

Her boyfriend Benjamin Konkol was the last person to see her, and police said he was not considered a suspect. The post announcing that she's been found already has 7.8K likes, 3,300 shares and 2,400 comments from people who are happy she was found alive. She even ate a couple of moths, Julia Eller said.

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