Missing Maui Woman: Family Arrives, Search Scaled Back
The search for a missing Maui woman has entered day five with still no significant developments. Those involved with the search for 35-year-old Amanda Eller of Haʻikū at the Makawao Forest Reserve say the organized search by fire and police departments is being scaled back on site, but volunteers are hoping skilled hikers, repellers and experienced search teams can continue their efforts.
“Amanda could live many weeks out there because it is moist and water forms, also if she were to have fallen she might be near a creek or water source -it is a wet area,” organizers said.
Eller’s family is set to speak at a press conference this evening (Sunday, May 12, 2019) after sundown. The family was on vacation when they learned of her disappearance and are arriving today to assist with the search. Friends say there is a $10,000 reward for any information leading to Eller’s safe return.
Those who are not able to help on site, are asked to assist by printing and distributing flyers with Eller’s photo and information.
Eller was reported missing on Thursday, May 9, 2019. She has not been seen or heard from since May Wednesday, May 8, 2019 at around 7:30 a.m. Her Toyota RAV4 was found in a parking lot of the Makawao Forest Reserve on Thursday, where she is known to frequent and run. Friends say she is a physical therapist and yoga instructor, and described Eller and mentally and physically strong.
Maui Now’s Wendy Osher conducted a phone interview with Eller’s friend (and one of the organizers of the search effort), Sarah Haynes this morning. The interview is posted above.