Family of missing Maui hiker flooded with donations to keep search efforts going

Family of missing Maui hiker flooded with donations to keep search efforts going
Amanda Eller, 35, remained missing Tuesday, six days after she is believed to have gone missing while hiking on Maui. (Photo: Facebook/FindAmanda)

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - As the mission to find a missing hiker on Maui endures, donations are pouring in to help family members better fund the search efforts.

Amanda Eller was last seen on Wednesday of last week. The 35-year-old was reported missing Thursday after failing to return home, and her car was found in the parking lot of the Kahakapao Loop Trail of the Makawao Forest Reserve.

Between Thursday and Sunday, first responders searched the trail on foot and by air, in hopes of finding any trace of Eller.

But those efforts, comprised largely of police officers and firefighters, were suspended on Sunday night. Instead, volunteers and relatives have been forming search groups and covering the trail using a search grid.

Last week, a GoFundMe was started to help raise money to fund the search effort. By Tuesday afternoon, nearly $40,000 had been raised — significantly more than the fund's initial $10,000 goal.

To contribute to the GoFundMe account dedicated to helping find Amanda, click here.

If you have any information on her whereabouts, call Maui police. The family is offering a $10,000 reward for information leading to her safe return. Tipsters can remain anonymous.

SAT 5/11 7AM- DAY 4 UPDATES (3rd day of knowing she is missing): 1. the family is offering a $10,000 reward for any info...

Posted by Findamanda on Saturday, May 11, 2019

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