***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.