"We said that in the beginning and it was absolutely true", said her father John Eller, KITV reported.
Eller, 35, a physical therapist and yoga instructor who lives in Hawaii, parked outside Makawao Forest Reserve for a hike, leaving her keys, phone and wallet behind.
There were fears about her fate after authorities located video showing her shopping at a local market, but later found her vehicle and her belongings, including a cell phone in a parking lot, without any clues of her whereabouts. "After 17 days lost in the steep jungles of East Maui, the never-ending determination & steadfast faith of THESE and HUNDREDS of volunteer searchers paid off!"
Ms Eller was found on Friday when she waved down a rescue helicopter.
Eller was lost somewhere above Twin Falls in between two waterfalls down a deep ravine in a creek bed.
"Even from 200 feet, we knew", Berquist said. The photo shows Eller surrounded by Cantellops, Berquist and Helmers. In a quixotic search for the trail, Eller fractured her leg. They were in a helicopter searching out of the general area where we have been in.
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Eller told her father she was able to walk for the first five to eight days but at some point, she fell into a ravine, which was about seven miles from where she left her vehicle. "Amanda Eller is alive!" the announcement read. We hope and pray that she and her family will fully recover from this ordeal.
More than two weeks ago, Amanda Eller hiked into a forest in Hawaii and disappeared.
"That was unexpected", John Eller said.
"I think I've earned a beer", Cantellops said.
Hearing the news that her friend was missing was a gut punch for Olenik.
She had meant to go on a three-mile run but somehow got turned around. The post announcing that she's been found already has 7.8K likes, 3,300 shares and 2,400 comments from people who are happy she was found alive. Knowing there was little she could do to help the search from so far away, Olenik spent her time sharing Eller's story and helping those who never met Eller realize that she wasn't just some missing hiker, but a loving friend and a member of the Tampa Bay community. And there were times of total fear and loss and wanted to give up and it did come down to life or death and I had to choose - and I chose life. "She's an incredible person".