Breaking News US/Australia ll  Boyfriend of missing yoga instructor thinks she’s still in Maui fores

Breaking News US/Australia ll Boyfriend of missing yoga instructor thinks she’s still in Maui fores


The boyfriend of a missing yoga instructor who went missing a week ago in Hawaii says he has not given up hope because he believes she’s still in the forest Amanda Eller, 35, was reported missing last Thursday after she failed to return from a routine hike on a Makawao Forest Reserve trail in Maui  Eller had gone hiking without her phone when she disappeared and was last seen by her boyfriend of a year, Benjamin Konkol  Konkol says he wants to ‘encourage everyone to not give up hope that maybe she’s not here’ He told ABC News that ‘there’s very strong evidence pointing to yeah she’s definitely still here, we just haven’t found her yet’ Surveillance footage was also released this week and shows Eller wearing workout gear, stopping at the Ha’iku Post Office and a store on the morning she went missing  She is seen mailing a Mother’s Day package and buying water and energy bars  Earlier this week, Eller’s family said they feared she may have been ‘intercepted’ by someone involved in her disappearance  Eller, who is originally from Maryland, works as a physical therapist and yoga instructor who lives and practices in Haiku  She was last seen at around 7am last Wednesday at her home by Konkol, who has passed a polygraph test He reported that she was in good spirits and looking forward to a day off, friends wrote on a GoFundMe page set up to help search for her   Last images of hiking yoga instructor now missing in Hawaii Loaded: 0%Progress: 0%0:00PreviousPlaySkipLIVEMute00:00Current Time 0:00/Duration Time 1:41FullscreenNeed TextVideo Quality576p540p360p270pNo compatible source was found for this video Foreground—WhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyan—OpaqueSemi-OpaqueBackground—WhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyan—OpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindow—WhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyan—OpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyDefaultMonospace SerifProportional SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional Sans-SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsDefaultsDone Her white Toyota RAV4 was later found in a nearby parking lot by police, where she had left her cellphone and wallet Family spokeswoman Sarah Haynes said they are growing more fearful that foul play might be involved in her disappearance  She told Maui News on Monday: ‘Generally speaking, it’s highly likely she’s lost or injured in this forest and its equally as likely that she was intercepted by someone in the parking lot, or on her run   Share this article Share ‘As the days go by, and more and more people are in the forest, we get closer and closer to foul play ‘ Hundreds of volunteers have been combing the island for the missing woman in a search that has included tracking dogs, helicopters and drones Her family is asking for experienced hikers and hunters to help look for her in the densely-covered forest  Eller’s parents offered a $10,000 reward Saturday for tips that help bring the missing hiker home, and asking anyone with information to contact Maui Crime Stoppers at 808-242-6966 On Sunday Eller’s mother Julia, who flew into Maui from her home in North Carolina to help with the search, told KITV4: ‘This a mother’s worst nightmare and  it has been an emotional roller-coaster ‘I’ve tried to stay positive. If I let myself get mired in self pity of how terrible this is, I can’t help her if I’m caught up in that  ‘She is an inspiration to me, particularly since I’ve been on my own personal journey lately ‘ Julia said Eller is very close to her family and they are hoping their presence their will help put a focus on the search and possibly find her  She added: ‘I never in a million years thought this would happen to me ‘  Eller’s family met with police on Monday to discuss the next stage of the search  They towed her car away from the scene to dust for fingerprints in hopes it will shed light on what happened to her  Eller’s car key was hidden under the driver’s side front tire, Haynes said She claimed it would be typical she would unplug and run or hike without her phone Haynes claimed Eller is cheerful and well-loved, with no mental health issues or other reasons she may want to disappear or harm herself She added: ‘If anyone out there knows anything that may have been done to her, please, we need to get her home ‘Friends worry that something suspicious may have happened to her in the parking lot or on the trail path    She is described as  approximately 5’ 9″, 145 lbs, with long brown hair and an athletic build  Police said there is currently no evidence of foul play.