On Tuesday, a 9-1-1 call was received from an area above the Makawao Forest Reserve about possible additional information into the investigation of missing 34-year-old Amanda Eller.
Maui Police Department officials say Police and Maui Fire Department personnel responded with 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 at first light on Wednesday. In addition, police brought in additional search dogs from Oahu to assist.
To date, MPD has received numerous tips and information and will continue to follow up with any and all leads, according to officials.
The public is encouraged to continue to share any information they may come upon that would assist with the investigation. The case is still classified as a Missing Person until information is received to indicate otherwise.
“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,” said Assistant Chief of Police Victor Ramos, Investigative Services Bureau.
On Friday, about sixty personnel from the Maui Police Department, Maui Fire Department, State DLNR Forestry, American Medical Response as well as volunteers from Maui Search & Rescue continued a coordinated search for the Haiku woman.
About fifty volunteers from the public came throughout the day to assist with the search of both the east and west trails of the Kahakapao Loop in the Makawao Forest Reserve.
Eller was reported missing on May 9. She has not been seen or heard from since May 8 at about 7:30 a.m. Her Toyota RAV4 was found in a parking lot of the Makawao Forest Reserve on May 9.
Mayor Michael Victorino on Wednesday expressed his concern for Eller.
“It’s hard to imagine the pain of family and friends of missing hiker Amanda Eller,” Mayor Victorino said. “My hope and prayer is that she is located soon and is safe and sound. Until then, Maui police and firefighters are working diligently to follow up on any new information.”
Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Eller is asked to immediately call the Maui Police Department at (808)244-6400 or 911 in an emergency.