Amanda Eller Found Alive After Missing for 17 Days in Makawao Forest – A Miracle Happened for a Local Family & Their Friends

May 25, 2019

Amanda Eller was found by a search team on Friday, May 25, 2019. They spotted her from a helicopter and at the same time she saw them and waved them down. Amanda was located deep in a creek bed between two waterfalls.

Amanda is doing great and spoke to her father from the helicopter.

Amanda was a graduate of Chopticon High School and many of her friends and immediate family live in Southern Maryland.

Before being rescued on Friday Amanda was last seen 17 days ago on May 8, 2019, at 7:30 a.m. Her vehicle was found by police in a parking lot at the Makawao Forest Reserve on May 9, 2019, at about 9:50 a.m.

Her friends and family had a Gathering of Hope at Leonardtown Wharf on Thursday, May 9, 2019.

SMNEWSNET was streaming live, and you can see the FaceBook Live feed from the event HERE. You can go to FindAmanda FaceBook Page HERE.

A GoFundMe was started to help find Amanda, and it raised over $75,000.00 in donations.

The money went towards poster printing, maps, and copying expenses, basecamp provisioning including tents, tables, power sources, radio rentals, helicopter and FLIR rentals, civilian search and rescue services beyond volunteer, ATV and quad rentals, paid advertising, and private investigator services

Since Amanda was found, any remaining funds will be used to install wildlife cameras at strategic locations around the Makawao Forrest Reserve trails and other popular recreational areas in Maui to have a record of hikers and runners locations through the potentially dangerous areas, and significantly reduce search areas and rescue times for missing persons.

20 Responses to Amanda Eller Found Alive After Missing for 17 Days in Makawao Forest – A Miracle Happened for a Local Family & Their Friends

  1. Well-Wisher on May 25, 2019 at 5:49 am

    Finally a very happy ending to a story. Glad you’re safe and sound, Amanda! Thanks to all those who volunteered and contributed!

  2. Wiggy on May 25, 2019 at 5:55 am

    That’s awesome! I did not expect a good outcome. Maybe she could show some “naked and afraid” weenies how it’s done.

  3. a miracle on May 25, 2019 at 7:35 am

    sooooooooooooooooo happy, strong woman, a miracle !!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Grammar Police on May 25, 2019 at 10:23 pm


  4. Anonymous on May 25, 2019 at 10:39 am

    Such a fishy and strange story. All that time she never came across anyone looking for her or any kind of civilization? You can cover a lot of ground in 17 days. The area is only so big. It’s like she wanted to go missing. Interesting.

    • CLK on May 25, 2019 at 4:22 pm

      OMG just be happy she was found. Like a needle in a haystack I can imagine a Forest is a hard place to find someone who is also lost.

    • Peter on May 26, 2019 at 6:40 am

      Obviously, you have never been there. Try leaving Southern Maryland some time.

    • A Critic's Critic on May 26, 2019 at 6:43 am

      Why do people these days think everything has to have some ulterior motive? The girl fell, hurt herself pretty badly, and was probably freaking out. She lost her shoes (why? probably because she was not 100% herself and doesn’t remember losing them), was dehydrated, and hungry. I’m sure she didn’t know what direction to go, and many times, the best survival technique is to STAY PUT. If you keep moving around, it’s often harder for rescue parties to find you.

      Hope you don’t get lost around St. Mary’s lake. But if you do, I’m sure nice people will volunteer to look for you.

    • Injured on May 29, 2019 at 9:11 am

      I’m pretty sure I read that she fell and broke her leg and tore a major ligament in her knee. So I don’t think she traveled very far.

  5. Anonymous on May 25, 2019 at 11:03 am

    Give those donors their money back!

    • CLK on May 25, 2019 at 4:24 pm

      They donate because they care. It’s up to the donors if they want their money back. However, they seem to have found a way to use any excess funds. Be happy people, just be happy. And be glad it was’t one of your loved ones.

  6. Bonnie Trott on May 25, 2019 at 12:00 pm

    Praise GOD for this fantastic miracle.

    • Rep. IIhan Omar on May 29, 2019 at 3:12 pm

      Infidel! May Allah be praised!

  7. Answered prayers on May 25, 2019 at 12:09 pm

    Thank God. There are rarely stories with an happy ending.

  8. Anonymous #13 on May 25, 2019 at 1:55 pm

    Amazing recovery! Congratulations to the rescue team, and welcome home, Amanda.

  9. Mark flynn on May 26, 2019 at 10:07 am

    I’ve hiked every island in Hawaii for years. It’s very rough terrain in parts but nearly (if not wholly) impossible to not find a stream, trail, road or person to follow. They are small islands and literally crawling with streams, trails, tourists and helicopters.

    I will not believe she was lost unless it turns out she was injured and couldn’t move or fell in an unscalable hole in the ground. Barring that,

    I’d bet two years’ income this is a publicity ploy or mental illness.

    • Not sure on May 29, 2019 at 9:12 am

      I read a report that she took a 20-foot fall and broke her leg and tore something in her knee, I think maybe the ACL?

  10. Pete on May 29, 2019 at 4:18 pm

    Good news is increasingly scarce these days, Or so it seems. I was so happy to hear the news that she was found ! Just as my hope was fading that she would be. Welcome back Amanda ! And to all the people who searched for her, prayed for her and donated, this would not have been possible without your efforts !

  11. Justwondering on May 29, 2019 at 4:29 pm

    Why wouldn’t she have taken her phone? Why leave it behind? If she wanted to be “off the grid” she could have just turned it off. That way, when she got into trouble, she could have called for help and maybe used the GPS to get out of the forest.

  12. Lonewolfmcquade on May 30, 2019 at 9:36 am

    She is alive. It made the news. Time to move on