Julia Eller Biography
Amanda Eller is the 35-year-old hiker who disappeared in Maui on May 8. Two weeks after she disappeared, her mother told local media that she had been found. Julia Eller told CBS affiliate that her daughter had been discovered after having “gone a long way.”
“I don’t know, I don’t know any details to share,” said Julia Eller, Amanda’s mom, speaking to a reporter from KGMB as ashe rushed to visit her daughter in the hospital. “She had gone a long way. And that’s all I know.”
— jackie callahan (@crutchfoot) May 25, 2019
Facebook page FindAmanda
Amanda Eller was discovered on Friday, May 24. Her discovery was first reported by the Facebook page FindAmanda, which is run by Amanda’s family and friends. Julia, Amanda’s mother, said that she was so happy that she couldn’t even put her emotions into words. “Elated. Excited. Extatic,” she said. “I can’t even put it into words. I’m so incredibly grateful.”
Amanda Eller, missing Maui hiker, has been found – CNN Great News!!!! https://t.co/pN96OFVgkA
— Deane Evans (@onelovedeano) May 25, 2019
Amanda has been found. She got lost and was struck and slightly injured in the forest- way out. somewhere way far above Twin Falls. Between two waterfalls down a deep ravine in a creek bed. Chris and Javier spotted her and she spotted them, waving them down. She is being air evacuated now. She just talked to her father on the phone. Amanda Eller is ALIVE!!!!
Amanda Sent Julia a Mother’s Day Card
Amanda Keller vanished on May 9. That morning, the 35 year old yoga instructor had mailed a mother’s day card to her mom. A family friend, Sara Haynes, wrote on Facebook that Amanda’s card was “filled with beautiful items and a lovely letter which included Amanda’s Love for her family and excitement about her future.”
— Ashley Lapadula (@AshleyNews_) May 25, 2019
Hundreds of volunteers took part in the search.
Javier Cantellops said he was searching for Eller from a helicopter along with Chris Berquist and Troy Helmers when they spotted her about 3:45 p.m. near the Kailua reservoir, according to Maui Police Department spokesman Lt. Gregg Okamoto and the Honolulu Star-Advertiser.
— The Washington Times (@WashTimes) May 25, 2019
Her mother told the Maui News that Amanda Eller survived by staying near a water source and eating wild raspberries and strawberry guavas. She even ate a couple of moths, Julia Eller said.
Maui County Mayor Michael Victorino said he’s grateful for the efforts of family, friends, volunteers and first-responders.
Fast Facts You Need to Know
- Amanda Eller, 35, was reported missing on May 8 after going hiking in Maui
- Hawaii authorities found Eller in a stream bed on Friday around 5pm local time
- ‘As soon as we made eye contact, we knew. Even from 200 feet,’ rescuers said
- Officials said the woman was not injured but she does have a ‘little bit of sunburn’
- Family friend, Sarah Haynes, said Eller survived 17 days off of water and plants
- Her dad, John Eller, said his daughter had been ‘prepared for this her whole life’
- She had gone hiking without her phone, something typical for Eller, Haynes said
- She was last seen by boyfriend, Benjamin Konkol, who insisted she was still alive