UPDATE: After a two-week survival in the Makawao Forest Reserve, Amanda Eller has been found alive, says her father.
Eller was found injured in a ravine in the forest. She did not have serious injuries and was air evacuated.
Monday, May 20, 2019, marks day 12 of the search for missing Maui woman, Amanda Eller, and there is still no sign of her.
According to Maui News, advanced technology is being used in the search. The search team is using GPS technology, helicopter searches with an infarred camera, and a drawn “treasure map” looking paper where flights are tracked.
There were also no new breakthroughs over the weekend, but her boyfriend, Benjamin Konkol says he is remaining hopeful.
“With that said, I just say please continue to show your support. If you’d like to if you have any time, if you’d like to donate, we’re still looking. We’re going to continue to look. I feel like she’s out here somewhere so just asking for that love and support and just keep her, keep us in your prayers thank you.” said Konkol.
Former FBI agent, Bobby Chacon spoke with CNN on Monday, saying that searchers are doing everything right.
“They’re doing exactly what they should be doing. They’re putting a lot of people down range looking in the area where they think she is. There’s no reason to believe there was foul play. There’s every reason to believe like Ben said that she went for a trail run for this reserve,” said Chancon. “Now the one thing about human beings is we can go a long time without food but we need water. The good thing is Hawaii has a lot of water on it.”
Volunteers continue to search the area near Makawao Forest Reserve, where Eller’s car was found.
At this point, Maui Police do not suspect foul play.
The Maui Police Department has set up a direct number to police for the public to call with any and all tips and information about this investigation.
Please call (808) 244-6421.
The Maui PD held a press conference about Amanda Eller on Thursday, May 16, providing some details about the case and a timeline of events.
According to MPD, Eller was seen in surveillance photos at Haiku Post Office mailing a package on Wednesday, May 8, around 10:19 a.m. She is later seen in surveillance at the Haiku Market after.
She was last seen in a white tank top, blue yoga pants and black flip flops.
At 12:12 p.m. that day, an off duty firefighter observed her Toyota RAV4 in the parking lot at the Makawao reserve. As park workers were closing the area around 7 p.m., they saw her car in the lot, but did not find anyone in the area.
Eller’s boyfriend, Benjamin Konkol, reported her missing the next day at 7 a.m.
Konkol and the fire department arrived later at her car and found her purse, cellphone, ID, wallet, credit cards, water bottle, backpack and black flip flops.
According to MPD, there were no signs of struggle.
Konkol was ruled out as a person of interest after passing a polygraph test.
Maui police are contacting people seen in the area around the hunter’s trail that day and are continuing their search.
Police say searches have been conducted on foot, to include the use of dogs, as well as the use of helicopters and drones.
But there have been no results so far.
According to MPD, Eller originally had plans to meet with a friend later that day but the friend had cancelled. Eller had no work the day she went missing and did not appear to have any other plans.
Watch the full press conference below:
The team that is coordinating the search for missing Maui woman, Amanda Eller has released surveillance photos taken at Haiku Market at 10:47 a.m. on the morning that she was last seen. The team says she purchased snacks not groceries.
The team is also asking residents in the Haiku/Makawao area to check their surveillance video and to save anything that is relevant to the search. Especially important to note is that Wednesday, 5/15 is the seventh day of the search and some camera systems may loop and record over older video after a certain amount of days.
On Tuesday, May 14, 2019, a 911 call was received from an area above the Makawao Forest Reserve about possible additional information to this investigation. Police and Fire personnel responded with the Fire Department sending out a helicopter and rescue crew to search by air and foot. Rescue crews made it up almost two miles above the Kahakapao Trail before turning around due to the loss of daylight. The search resumed today at first light. In addition, the Police Department brought in additional search dogs from Oahu to assist.
“Although we’ve classified this case as a Missing Person and have no evidence to suggest otherwise, Detectives from our Crimes Against Persons Unit are meticulously sorting through all the information and data we’ve obtained to find Ms. Amanda Eller. In addition, officers attached to our Special Response Team have put in many miles searching the denser sections of the forest reserve. We are grateful for the many tips and bits of information we received from the general public.” – Assistant Chief of Police Victor Ramos, Investigative Services Bureau.
The Maui County Department of Fire & Public Safety suspended its search for missing hiker Amanda Eller at 11:40 a.m. Sunday.
According to officials, the Maui Fire Department personnel on foot and by air continued to search for Eller until this point.
The Department assists the Maui Police Department for 72 hours for a missing person’s case and will continue to work with the Maui Police Department and assist with future searching if new information is discovered.
Family members of Eller arrived on Maui, Sunday. They began searching for her shortly after arriving to the island.
“We really believe that she’s in the forest.. and I hope she is, but if someone has taken her… we’re not interested in you we just want our daughter back,” says Julia, Amanda’s mother.
Friends and family also urge the public to report any information about Eller’s disappearance.
“Usually if a crime is committed somebody else knows. so .. we’re really early on this, we’re really lucky. and should someone know something and have helped somebody .. feel bad about something someone else did.. crimestoppers is completely anonymous,” says Sarah Haynes, who is aiding in the search of Amanda.
The family is offering a $10,000 reward for information that leads to Amanda’s safe return.
Eller’s friends, and family will continue their search for her.
The family of a missing Maui woman, Amanda Eller is now offering a $10,000 reward for information that leads to her safe return.
Amanda Eller, 35, was last seen on Wednesday, May 8, 2019.
Police say her car had been left in the parking lot of Makawao Forest Reserve.
Friends and volunteers have been searching for her with with no luck.
They are hoping to recruit people who may know the area as the search continues through the weekend.