Maui police seek to fill in timeline leading up to hiker’s disappearance

The search for a missing hiker continues by family and friends on Maui

HONOLULU, Hawaii (HawaiiNewsNow) - Official search efforts for missing Maui hiker Amanda Eller will only be renewed with new evidence, authorities said Thursday.

But scores of volunteers continue to search the Makawao Forest Reserve for her, more than a week after her disappearance.

On Thursday, about 100 people headed out on the forest reserve’s trails as the search continued.

Meanwhile, Maui police and firefighters reiterated at a news conference Thursday that they’re still investigating a missing persons case ― and there’s no evidence to suggest foul play is involved.

They say they are trying to find any witnesses who might fill in the timeline on May 8, the day Eller disappeared.

They’re also trying to find a couple who was seen in the area of the forest reserve last Wednesday.

Tips are pouring into the Maui Police Department, and officials say they are following up on them.

Maui Detective Dennis Clifton said the department has received about 150 phone calls with possible information about the case, along with tips by Facebook and email.

The family is also getting tips, he said.

And Richard Kawasaki, assistant fire chief for the Maui Fire Department, said the agency’s helicopters have flown close to 20 hours as part of the search efforts.

Earlier this week, surveillance video surfaced that showed Eller buying items at Haiku Market last Wednesday around ‪10 a.m.

Other cameras caught her white SUV leaving the post office, where she mailed a Mother’s Day package.

Police say at this time there are no additional surveillance images of Eller or her vehicle, which was found last Thursday at the forest reserve.

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