By Wendy Osher
The search for a missing woman on Maui-35-year-old Amanda Eller-continues. After a week of searching, today, her family is making a plea.
"Amanda needs to be found today. She will be found today. We need the military to activate their humanitarian peace-keeping mission, which is the core of our country, "said Jessica Eller, sister-in-law of Amanda, who asks for help from the National Guard.
We spoke with Jessica Eller via phone in Maryland this morning. Her husband, Amanda's brother Chris, is in Maui along with Amanda's parents, John and Julia, and Amanda's sister, Alicia.
Family members say that while government officials have been very empathetic towards the situation, there has been uncertainty about the ability to activate the national guard in this situation, which is outside the typical activation of a natural disaster.
" The terrain is difficult and treacherous, and there are several areas that require extreme training and professionals, "said Jessica Eller.
Police and fire personnel continued to search the area by air and foot after receiving a 9-1
Amanda went missing on May 8th and her car was found the next day in the parking lot near the Kahakapao trail head at the Makawao Forest Reserve. Amanda, who is a physiotherapist and yoga instructor, was last seen by her boyfriend, Benjamin Konkol, who said that Eller was meditating when he left for work at around 7:30 am. is Wednesday, May 8, 2019.
"For search and rescue, we are working out of volunteers, so the numbers of volunteers that we're getting are great, but we need more people and we believe that the military, The National Guard is trained for this type of mission. "
New surveillance images were released yesterday at Eller at Ha'ikū Market at 10:10 am. on the day she went missing. According to the Findamanda Facebook page, Amanda bought an energy bar and boxes of dry tea. She was wearing dark yoga pants, a light colored tank top and black slippers (flip-flops). A vehicle matching Eller's was also observed at Ha'ikou Post Office at 10:19 am. on May 8th, which coincides with the earlier reports that she had apparently sent a Mother's Day package on the day she disappeared.