Friday, May 24, 2019

Where are you, Amanda?

***update: She has just been found alive, injured in the forest!!!***


On May 8, Amanda Eller woke up in the paradise of Maui.  She was meditating when her boyfriend left for work.  She drove to a small store and bought a few items for a Mother's Day package, then went to the post office to mail it.  Then she vanished.

Amanda's car was found at a popular forest reserve.  Her wallet, phone, and backpack were in her car, with her key hidden under a tire.  Her running shoes were missing.  It looked like she had gone for a trail run, like she had several times before.

Searchers have been scouring the forest.  They have used infrared from aircraft, drones, and tracking dogs.  Depending on which report you read, the dogs either lost her scent in the parking lot or a short distance into the woods.  There was no sign of a struggle anywhere.

I've run solo all over the world.  To me, always having to be in a group would take the joy out of it.  Bad things can happen in the forest, just like everywhere.  You can fall, get lost, meet an ill-intentioned stranger.  But we can't be afraid to live life.

It's been a long time, but I'm hoping she is out there somewhere, trying to get back home, and will be found soon.



10 comments:

  1. I hate hearing about these kind of happenings - I hope Amanda will be found soon.

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    1. I know, she looks so happy and vibrant.

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  2. Found alive today after 16 days in the forest!

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    1. I was so happy this morning to read the news - nice to have a good ending to a story like this for a change. :)

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  3. What an ordeal for everyone......again, please please folks, carry a Personal Locator Beacon....it can make the difference between being found the same day or next, or lying injured for days and maybe not making it out at all. No one wants to think THEY will get lost or injured but it happens more often than we want to think out. Nag, nag....a way to stay safe and still do the things you want to do.

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    1. I might not take mine on a routine 3 mile hike either...I do take it on longer more remote hikes. But I've started taking my phone more, mostly because my watch broke, but it could be pinged or might have a signal, so that would help. I also throw matches in my pack when I hike. If there's a fire, people will come.

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  4. I heard the good news that she has been found!

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  5. when I saw the news that she was found I literally yelled ‘oh my word, they found her!’ I was thinking it was going to be a much different ending after more than two weeks!!! And she looked to be in pretty decent shape!!!

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