Search continues for missing Maui yoga teacher
The search continues on Saturday for a Maui woman who went missing four days ago. Friends and family of Amanda Eller are still hopeful she'll be found safely. All around Maui, friends want everyone to know the name Amanda Eller.
MAKAWAO, Hawaii - The search continues on Saturday for a Maui woman who went missing four days ago. Friends and family of Amanda Eller are still hopeful she'll be found safely.
All around Maui, friends want everyone to know the name Amanda Eller. Thousands of these fliers are going up on Saturday as the search for Eller continues. She was last seen Wednesday at home, before possibly going missing in the Makawao forest. The beloved yoga instructor has a community rallying to find her.
Friend Sarah Haynes says, "Her yoga community is taking off work; they're in the forest looking for her, hanging fliers."
Her SUV was found at a trailhead parking lot with her wallet and cell left behind, something friends say Eller would often do if she was going for a run. "It is common for Amanda to want to unplug. She believes in dropping her cell phone and going on her day," says Haynes.
While they're worried about foul play, they're also hopeful the experienced athlete may just be lost or injured, and ready to be rescued. "At this point, we do not believe she's going to be found on a simple trail. She may have fallen, or she may have gone off trail to go to the bathroom and may have gotten hurt," suggests Haynes.
Maui search and rescue crews, along with drones and dogs, are scouring the forest. They're also looking for experienced climbers to help. Now on day four, they're up against the clock, but they want Eller to know they're not giving up. "We're looking, we're doing everything we can," assures Haynes.
There's a $10,000 dollar reward for any information that leads to her whereabouts. Eller is about 5'9" tall, weighs 145 pounds, and has brown hair and brown eyes. If you know anything, call Maui police at 808-244-6433.