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A yoga instructor who went missing while hiking in Hawaii has been found in 'surprisingly good shape' 2 weeks later

Alexandra Ma , Business Insider US
 May 27, 2019, 10:39 AM
Amanda Eller (second from left) was found after going missing during a hike in Maui, Hawaii, more than two weeks ago. She was found by Javier Cantellops (far left) and Chris Berquist (far right).
Javier Cantellops
  • Amanda Eller, 35, went missing while hiking in the Makawao Forest Reserve in Maui on May 8.
  • She was found between two waterfalls down a deep ravine 17 days later, on Friday.
  • She "slightly injured" herself, her friends and family said. But her mother said she was "in surprisingly good shape" considering how long she'd been missing.
  • Her family and friends had feared she was abducted, and offered $500,000 (R7.2 million) for information on her whereabouts.
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A yoga instructor who went missing while hiking in Hawaii more than two weeks ago has been found alive.

Amanda Eller, 35, went missing during a hiking trip in the Makawao Forest Reserve in Maui on May 8. The FindAmanda Facebook page, set up by her friends and family, reported on Friday that she had been found.

Two volunteers, identified as Chris Berquist and Javier Cantellops, found Eller waving them down "between two waterfalls down a deep ravine in a creek bed," FindAmanda said, and she was airlifted out.

The site where Eller was found — between two waterfalls deep in a ravine.
Javier Cantellops

She had got lost, and was "stuck and slightly injured" on her way out of the forest, FindAmanda said.

The area where she was found is believed to be about four miles (6 kilometres) from where her car and cellphone were found shortly after she went missing, CBS News reported.

Eller's current condition remains unknown, but she spoke to her father upon being rescued, FindAmanda said.

Eller's injuries when she was found.
Javier Cantellops

It's not clear how she stayed alive during the 17 days she was missing. The BBC reported that she may have foraged on berries and water nearby.

Eller's mother, Julia, described her as being in "surprisingly good shape," considering she had been missing for 17 days, the BBC reported.

Her father also said he was "bawling like a baby" when he learned that his daughter had been found, the BBC added.

Eller's family and friends previously offered a $500,000 (R7.2 million) reward for information on her wherebaouts. They feared she had been abducted.

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