- Amanda Eller, a yoga instructor from Haiku, Hawaii, went missing six days ago during a hike.
- Search efforts have not provided any evidence as to her whereabouts, and her family is beginning to suspect foul play.
- A new clue emerged yesterday when Eller's parents received a Mother's Day package that Eller had mailed the day she disappeared.
A yoga instructor mysteriously vanished last week, after setting out to go for a hike in a Hawaiian nature reserve-and she hasn't been seen since.
Amanda Eller, a 35-year-old yoga instructor and physical therapist from Haiku, Hawaii was last seen the morning of Wednesday, May 8, according to People .
Eller, an avid hiker and runner, was heading out for a hike or trail run in the Makawao Forest Reserve, a place she commonly visited. Her white Toyota RAV4 was later found parked at the reserve, with her cell phone and wallet inside, the keys hidden under the front drivers side tire, according to HuffPost . Despite search efforts by the police, fire department and hundreds of volunteers, no evidence of Eller or what happened to her has been found on the trails.
But a new clue emerged yesterday, when the pet sitter of Ellers parents received a Mothers Day package that had been mailed by Eller, according to the Facebook search group, Findamanda .
Apparently, the package was dropped off at the Haiku post office around 10 a.m. Wednedsay-the time that police originally thought Eller was already on her hike. Now, Ellers family believes she didnt arrive to the reserve until around 10:35 a.m., (this also confirms that a woman hiker who other hikers believed to be Eller was actually a different woman).
The package was filled with beautiful items and a lovely letter which included Amandas love for her family and excitement about her future, the family wrote in the Findamanda Facebook post . The package had a print at home label but it was dropped to the Haiku post office, and scanned at the receiving counter at 10:19 a.m. This changes our timelines.
The family also wrote in the Facebook post that they were contacted by the woman who was mistaken as Eller on the trail. It was thought that Eller had talked to several other hikers and pet one couples puppy.
Luckily this woman remembers exactly what she was wearing and photographed herself in the outfit so could show the people who thought they may have seen Amanda. It appears she was the woman who pet the puppy and talked to the other hikers. Not Amanda, the Facebook post reads.
Family friend Sarah Haynes told The Maui News that the Ellers are starting to think Amanda may have been harmed. Generally speaking, its highly likely shes lost or injured in this forest and it's equally as likely that she was intercepted by someone in the parking lot or on her run, Hayes said. As the days go by, and more and more people are in the forest, we get closer and closer to foul play. The family has also been outspoken that they do not believe Eller's boyfriend, Benjamin Konkol, (the last person to see Eller) had any involvement .
The Eller family is now offering a $10,000 reward for any information about Ellers disappearance. The family has set up a GoFundMe page to help fund the search efforts.