Find Amanda

$75,815 of $100,000 goal

Raised by 839 people in 11 days
Created May 13, 2019
Find Amanda
on behalf of John Eller
Facebook page (with the most up to date information on the progress of the seach): https://www.facebook.com/AmandaEllersMissing/ 

Who is Amanda Eller?
Amanda is a beloved, 35-year-old physical therapist and yoga instructor who lives and practices in Haiku, Maui. She has been missing since Wednesday, May 8 (see detailed timeline below, under "What Happened to Amanda?") after being last seen at her home by her boyfriend, Benjamin Konkol, around 7 AM. Her white Toyota RAV-4 vehicle (license plate LEZ 110) was discovered by a Maui Police patrol car in the Kahakapao Trail upper parking lot around 9:50 AM on the 8th, after receiving a call from Konkol reporting her missing around 7:20 AM on the same morning.

Amanda is approximately 5' 9", 145 lbs., with long brown hair and an athletic build. She is a very positive, energetic, outgoing person who is strong physically, mentally and spiritually. She is widely described as a fun, positive person who loves life, loves nature and the outdoors, and has no known struggles with depression or any other mental or emotional disorders. She maintains a successful physical therapy practice and yoga studio in Haiku and is widely loved by many in the community.


What happened to Amanda?

A timeline of Amanda Eller’s disappearance (according to Maui Police Department):

Wednesday, May 8

• 10:06-10:11 a.m. Video surveillance shows Eller at Haiku Market purchasing items alone. She is wearing a white tank top, blue yoga pants and black slippers.

• 10:19 a.m. Eller seen at the Haiku Post Office mailing a package.

• 10:21 a.m. Eller’s vehicle, a 2015 white Toyota RAV4, is seen on video leaving the Haiku Post Office parking lot.

• Around 12:12 p.m. Eller’s RAV4, license No. LEZ110, is observed within the gravel parking lot near “Hunter’s Trail” at Makawao Forest Reserve by off-duty Maui Fire Department personnel hiking.

• Around 7 p.m. Parks personnel observed the white Toyota RAV4 in the Hunter’s Gate parking lot. Attempts to contact anyone in area did not yield anything.

Thursday, May 9

• Around 7:21 a.m. Eller’s boyfriend, Ben Konkol, reports Eller missing to Maui Police. He described several possible locations Eller liked to frequent, which included the Makawao Forest Reserve.

• Around 9:50 a.m. Maui Police patrol officers locate Eller’s vehicle in the Hunter’s Gate parking lot.

• Around 10:30 a.m. Maui Fire Department personnel respond to the parking lot along with Eller’s boyfriend. The key to Eller’s vehicle was located hidden beneath the vehicle. Her purse was found on the front passenger floorboard, which contained her cellphone, wallet, identification and credit cards. A backpack and full water bottle were found on the front passenger seat. Black slippers were found on the front passenger floorboard. Eller’s running shoes were not at her residence, Konkol said.

Amanda may be lost/injured in the Makawao Forest, or, she may have met with foul play. Either way, there is a large effort underway spearheaded by her friends in the community and family members, to search for Amanda in the regions in and surrounding the forest. The Fire Dept. called off their search after 72 hours as is standard protocol, but the police investigation remains open and there are over a hundred local volunteers involved.

The family is offering $10,000 for Eller’s safe return, and is coordinating volunteers to continue searching the forest.

For up-to-the-minute updates on progress of the search for Amanda, visit the Find Amanda Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/AmandaEllersMissing/ 

Other news stories about Amanda's disappearance:




Why support the search for Amanda?
This GoFundMe page has been established to help Amanda's family and friends cover the costs of taking on an extended search for her, now that the Fire Dept. has called off the "official" search. Funds for Emergency Support, hiring experienced climbers/rappellers/hikers, water and supplies, helicopter and drone services, and other services will be needed on an ongoing basis. Family, friends and professional colleagues of the Eller family have set up the page for anyone who would like to support their efforts and aren't able to be present on the scene.

From Katie York, Amanda's best friend who is "on the ground" in Maui and helping with the search effort:

"By now, Amanda Eller has become a part of your lives. Whether you know her personally, or you’ve been touched by her story, her light and energy have penetrated the nation.

There has been an overwhelming number of you who have asked how you can help - here’s how. We need help funding our search. Whether it’s for search logistics today, or for future recovery efforts tomorrow, we graciously will accept anything you feel you can offer.

Our team is strong and today is the day we bring Amanda home. From our Ohana to yours, MAHALO."

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There's no quit at all in the Find Amanda search effort. In fact, after what John Eller (Amanda's father) described as a "big push" over the weekend, there are still hundreds of community volunteers still involved in the search, and new technologies and search teams being implemented every day.

“We’ve had a huge turnout of community help and support — searchers, ATVs, horses . . . we have a search-and-rescue team from Kauai with their dogs out here, we have a search-and-rescue team from Maui here. We’ve got basically all the dogs in the islands that are professionally trained, NASAR dogs, that are here over the next couple of days,” Eller said. “This is the big push; the community response has been incredible."

At the base camp in the Makawao Forest Reserve's upper parking lot, a large TV monitor displays a map of the densely wooded area. Blue lines trace human searches; red lines trace dog searches; and green lines trace drone searches. The map, which shows the latest data on which areas of the forest have been covered by search teams, can be found at this link and is constantly being updated: http://findamanda.insightmobiledata.com/

Volunteers of all levels are still being sought. Searchers are grouped, with experienced divers and rappellers on special teams, and deployed throughout the day. Base camp opens around 7 a.m. and closes at about 7 p.m. daily, according to the official search page, Facebook.com/AmandaEllersMissing on Facebook.

All of this technology, support and provisions for the search teams is a terrific expense, so we still need as much financial support for the Find Amanda effort as we can get. Please continue to spread the word, consider what you can give and make it possible for the search to continue so that we can bring Amanda home. THANK YOU for your incredible generosity.
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IMPORTANT UPDATE: The Find Amanda fundraising goal has been raised to $100,000. The family and friends of Amanda Eller would like to once again thank everyone for their overwhelmingly generous and swift responses to this effort.

For some better context and explanation of the urgency of the need to continue raising funds for Find Amanda, here is some important information we have directly from Amanda's family:

"So everyone is aware, these are the specific resources being obtained through the GoFundMe donations:
-Poster, Printing, maps, and copying expenses
-Basecamp provisioning including tents, tables, power sources, radio rentals
-Helicopter and FLIR rental
-Civilian search and rescue services beyond volunteer
-ATV and Quad rentals
-Paid advertising
-Private investigator services

Any remaining funds will be used to install wildlife cameras at strategic locations around the Makawao Forest Reserve trails and other popular recreational areas in Maui to have record of hikers and runner locations through the potentially dangerous areas, and significantly reduce search areas and rescue times for missing persons. Hawai‘i ranks eighth in the nation for the number of missing persons per capita, many of which are missing in completely unmonitored recreational areas like the Makawao Forest Reserve, which are almost impossible to search effectively."

In short, there are still many critical needs and expenses that fall upon the shoulders of those planning and managing the search campaign, and these funds go directly to aiding the ongoing efforts to FIND AMANDA. Thank you all very much.
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Due to the overwhelming response and generosity of so many friends, kin and supporters of the Eller family, we have raised the Find Amanda fundraising goal to $50,000. The Eller family, friends, supporters and search team would like to extend their heartfelt thanks to everyone who’s donated to help keep the search for their daughter/sister/friend going.

It’s important to note as we raise the fundraising bar that the family and friends of Amanda are managing and coordinating this search and rescue effort themselves without “official” support. This means that all hiring of services, providing food and water and other resources for volunteers, all support personnel, technology, vehicles, etc., and many other needs have to be paid for privately. It is a massive management and coordination task, and any and all assistance we can provide will go DIRECTLY to those who are coordinating these efforts. So, on behalf of the family and friends of Amanda Eller, let’s keep our foot on the gas and show them whatever love and generosity we can. Mahalo and thanks again for helping us to FIND AMANDA.
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Raised by 839 people in 11 days
Created May 13, 2019
Find Amanda
on behalf of John Eller
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