Where is Amanda Eller? That is a question family and friends hope will be answered sooner than later.  

"Really hoping that she got injured and lost out there and that we can find her in time," Sarah Haynes said.

Sarah Haynes works with the 35-year-old woman's boyfriend. According to police, he told them he saw his girlfriend last on Wednesday morning.  

The Ha'iku woman's SUV, wallet and keys were found yesterday along with her wallet and keys in Makawao at the foot of Kahakapao Trail. 

Police and firefighters spent the past two days scouring the forest reserve. 

"They have dogs out there they have drones they have helicopters they have search parties," "It's not a super easy trail."

The trail is popular with bikers and is nearly five-and-a-half miles long.

According to friends Eller enjoys running in the area and is hopeful that first responders will find her alive. 

"We don't know who to have any depression we don't know any reason that she would disappear on her own she and her boyfriend are quite close they're very happy loving couple,"

Also helping first responders is the group Maui Search and Rescue, the same group that helped find Charli Scott's remains.

The 27-year-old pregnant woman went missing in 2014. Her ex-boyfriend was sentenced to life in prison for her death,. 

On Friday, 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, according to Maui Police Department.

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, including the use of tracking dogs, as well as by air with the use of a helicopter and drones. Those searching have also created a FB page entitled Findamanda.

Search efforts started Thursday until nightfall and resumed at first light Friday and continue to be on-going until darkness makes it too dangerous to continue.

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.


A desperate search is underway for a hiker reported missing on Maui.

35-year-old Amanda Eller was last seen Wednesday morning.

Eller is a physical therapist working out of Wailuku. Her white Toyota RAV4 was found Thursday near Kahakapao Trail in the Makawao Forest Reserve.

She's described to be between 5'7" and 5'9", 140 pounds with brown hair and brown eyes. 

Friday morning, KITV4 talked with Sarah Haynes, a friend of Eller's.

Haynes, whose brother went missing 30 years ago lived in Haiku, is leading the search.

She says Eller lives in Haiku and may have been seen driving to Makawao Forest.

Anyone who may have seen her, or her white RAV4 driving from Haiku to the Kahakapao Trail area is asked to call police.