Yoga teacher found alive after missing for 2 weeks in Hawaii forest

Family confirms Maui hiker missing for more than two weeks found alive

Yoga instructor, Amanda Eller (left, on Friday with rescue crews), 35, has been found alive, Hawaii officials said Friday.

MISSING PERSON The Maui Police Department is requesting the public's assistance in locating Amanda Eller who was reported missing on Thursday, May 9, 2019.

Cantellops posted photos of himself and Eller on his Facebook page to share with the public his joy of having found her, as well as enormous gratitude for those who had been supporting the search.

Berquist said he was conducting an air search along with Javier Cantellops and Troy Helmer (one of the hunters assisting) were up in a helicopter when they spotted Eller.

It is unknown how or to what extent Eller was injured, as well as how she survived until she was found.

Eller said his daughter "took a good fall", and got lost after looking for a way back, he told reporters outside a hospital in a video posted by Maui 24/7. The photo shows Eller surrounded by Cantellops, Berquist and Helmers. Volunteers hiked, dived, rappelled and flew all over the forest reserve in hopes of finding Eller. She ate insects in the 16 days she was missing in the Makawao Forest Reserve - a disappearance that triggered a massive search drawing hundreds of volunteers, even after authorities scaled back their efforts early on.

Eller's boyfriend was the last to see her. Police found her auto at a parking lot near a hiking trail. "She is just as strong as we always said she would be", Haynes wrote on Facebook.

A GoFundMe was started to help find Amanda, and it raised over $75,000.00 in donations. She was deep in a creek bed between two waterfalls.

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.

She was airlifted to the hospital.

"I can't imagine what went through her head, psychologically", Olenik said. "I love you guys so much, thank you guys so much". News of her discovery was announced on the Findamanda Facebook page, Hawaii News Now reported. "I can't thank everyone out there for your support ... we never gave up, I never gave up ..."

Shortly before 5:15 p.m., team leader Chris Berquist spoke to us via phone saying, "We found her alive and well". "I told them, if she's out there, she's going to make it".

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