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35-year-old ‘avid hiker’ vanishes from national park, car found the next day with her possessions inside: Reports

Authorities in Hawaii are actively searching for a woman last seen on Wednesday, according to reports.

According to KHON, Amanda Eller’s vehicle was found the day after her disappearance in a parking lot at the Makawao Forest Reserve. Since then, a search for her has grown to include officials from the Maui police and fire departments, search and rescue, state forestry department and other agencies.

A friend of the missing woman described her as an “amazing person,” expressing shock and sadness over the recent developments.

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Lucia Maya echoed other friends who said she loved the outdoors — especially places like the forest reserve.

“I know she’s incredibly strong, she’s athletic, she’s an avid hiker and outdoors person,” Maya said.

Among those searching for her are friends like Sarah Haynes, who said those who knew her immediately thought of the area where her vehicle was found when police initially asked where she might have last visited.

“And that was one of them that we mentioned for running,” she said. “Her car was there and her belongings were in her car. Her phone was in her car. That was common for her. She likes to unplug when she runs.”

Haynes credited search organizers for employing any type of tool they believe could help.

“I mean horses, dogs, ATVs, repellers, multiple drones,” she said.

Nevertheless, there has been no sign of Eller as of the latest updates available. Authorities say she is 5 feet 9 inches tall and weighs about 145 pounds. She has brown eyes and brown hair.

According to Fox News, $10,000 has been collected as a reward for information leading to the missing woman’s return. The Maui Police Department urges anyone with a tip in the case to contact investigators by calling 808-244-6400.

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