Maui, Hawaii, May 25, 2019- Amanda Eller, the missing Mechanicsville, MD woman, lost for nearly 2 1/2 weeks, was found around 10 pm EST. A private helicopter was searching the general area Amanda was last known to be in and discovered her waving down the aircraft.
On Friday, May 10, 2019, about sixty personnel from the Maui Police Department, Maui Fire Department, State DLNR Forestry, American Medical Response as well as volunteers from Maui Search & Rescue continued a coordinated search for missing person 35 year old Amanda Eller of Haiku. About fifty volunteers from the public came throughout the day to assist with the search of both the east and west trails of the Kahakapao Loop in the Makawao Forest Reserve.
Amanda Eller was reported missing on May 9, 2019. She has not been seen or heard from since May 8, 2019 at about 7:30 a.m. Her Toyota RAV4 was found in a parking lot of the Makawao Forest Reserve on May 9, 2019.
Searches are being conducted on foot, to include the use of tracking dogs, as well as by air with the use of a helicopter and drones.
Search efforts started Friday until nightfall and resumed at first light Saturday and are on-going until darkness makes it too dangerous to continue.
Sunday morning, Maui police said they were no longer actively involved in search efforts, but will follow-up on potential leads.
They added that the FBI has been assisting with technical aspects of the investigation.
“It’s not out of the ordinary for her to go there, not out of the ordinary for her to leave her belongings in her car, including her cell phone. She likes to unplug,” Haynes said.
“It appears to us at this point that she is either way off the trail — you know having gotten injured, or fallen maybe — or somebody interrupted her between her car and her run,” Haynes added.
Trained search dogs, drones, equestrian groups, helicopters and the mother of another missing Maui woman have joined the search for Eller.
Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Amanda Eller is asked to immediately call the Maui Police Department at (808)244-6400 or 911 in an emergency.