Missing hiker found after two weeks in Hawaii forest

MAUI, Hawaii (NBC) — A miracle in Hawaii Saturday morning, a woman was been missing for more than two weeks has been found alive.

These photos of Amanda Eller with her rescuers on Maui were taken before she was airlifted to safety and reunited with her family.

Thirty-five year-old Eller, a yoga instructor and physical therapist, disappeared on May 8, when she went for a walk on a hiking trail in a forest reserve.

Although police called off the search after three days, volunteers and her family kept searching.

Late Friday, a search crew in a helicopter spotted her deep in the forest. She was waving her arms, but was stuck between two waterfalls.

Rescuers say she appears to have been injured, but was in good condition. She later told firefighters she ‘just got lost and kept walking downhill.’

NBC affiliate KHNL spoke with Amanda’s mom by phone shortly after she learned her daughter had been found.

“Elated. Excited. Ecstatic. I can’t even put it into words I’m so incredible grateful,” Eller’s mom Julia Eller said.

Family members say Eller does not have any broken bones, but is suffering from some abrasions and severe sun exposure.

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