WAILUKU, Hawaii — A Hawaii woman has been found alive in a forest on Maui island after going missing more than two weeks ago.
Amanda Eller was found injured in the Makawao Forest Reserve, the Maui News according Friday.
Family interpreter Sarah Haynes confirmed she spoke with Eller’s father, John. Eller was airlifted to safety.
“I was crying crying of joy,” Eller’s mother, Julia, aforementioned. “I never gave up hope for a minute. I knew that we would find her.”
The physical therapist from the Maui town of verse form went missing on May 8. Her white Toyota RAV4 was found in the forest parking lot with her phone and wallet inside.
Hundreds of volunteers have searched for her since. Eller’s parents had offered a $10,000 reward to encourage people to find her.
Javier Cantellops aforementioned he was searching for Eller from a chopper on with Chris Berquist and Troy Helmers when they spotted her about 3:45 p.m. near the Kailua reservoir, according to Maui Police Department interpreter Lt. Gregg Okamoto and the Honolulu Star-Advertiser.
Cantellops told the newspaper that she was in the bed of a creek with waterfalls on either side.
He told CNN he saw Eller waving her hands at the chopper.
“It was unbelievable, dude,” Cantellops aforementioned. “Seeing her for the first time in a long time was just unbelievable. It was nothing short of elation.”
Eller was in an area with thick vegetation, he aforementioned. “That vegetation is so thick, it’s a miracle that we saw her,” Cantellops told CNN.
The Maui Fire Department brought Eller to a hospital for evaluation, Okamoto aforementioned in a statement.
Her mother told the Maui News that Amanda Eller survived by staying near a water source and feeding wild raspberries and strawberry guavas. She even ate a couple of moths, Julia Eller aforementioned.
Her girl tried to catch some crawfish, but she was “not very successful,” Julia Eller aforementioned.
“She lost quite a bit of weight, as you can imagine, being lost for that amount of time,” Julia Eller aforementioned. “But she was able to survive it. She had the right skills and did the right property to buy time so that we had a chance to find her.”
Amanda Eller suffered a leg fracture, abrasions on her ankles and a severe sunburn, but Julia Eller told the Maui News that her girl’s liquor were good.
“And all of those property are treatable,” Julia Eller aforementioned.
A photograph was posted to a Facebook page tracking the search, showing a smiling Eller with what appeared to be injuries to her face and dirt on her article of article of clothing. The photograph shows Eller encircled by Cantellops, Berquist and Helmers.
Maui County city manager Michael Victorino aforementioned he’s grateful for the efforts of family, friends, volunteers and first-responders.
“This search and rescue was truly a community collaboration of Maui County first responders, family, friends and community volunteers,” Victorino aforementioned in a statement. “I extend my deepest appreciation for everyone involved in searching for and locating Amanda. Your work, determination and sacrifice has helped return her to her loving family. God bless them all.”
Information from: The Maui News, http://www.mauinews.com