WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- A 35-year-old yoga teacher was rescued after spending 17 days lost in a dense forest in Hawaii.
- She says a “voice” guided her on which path to take, one that leads her further from her car and into the Makawao Forest Reserve.
- She denies that she was under the influence of any drugs or alcohol.
A yoga teacher, Amanda Eller, spent 17 days wandering lost in Makawao Forest Reserve’s dense forest in Hawaii.
On Tuesday, during a press conference, Eller said that a “voice” lead her further into the reserve, away from her vehicle. Even if the experience almost cost her her life, she says that it was “very spiritual” and brought her closer to nature.
“It was an opportunity to overcome fear of everything,” she said.
The 35-year-old went missing on May 8 while hiking. Her boyfriend, Benjamin Konkol filed a missing report the next day. Shortly after, Eller’s car, a white Toyota RAV4, was located in the parking lot of the reserve with her wallet and phone still inside.
Though she’s not really sure what happened, the voice, her “heart”, was guiding her into the forest as soon as she stepped out of her car.
Eller thought, “I’m like, great, this is so strong that obviously when I turn around and go back to my car it will be just as strong when I go back, but it wasn’t.”
She was quick to shoot down any notions that she may have been under the influence of drugs or alcohol. “Everybody can have their little theories,” she said. “I get high off of life, and I get high off of people and heart.”
Her family hired rescuers to track Eller down and on May 24, a helicopter was able to spot her deep in the forest. She was transported to Maui Memorial Medical Center where she was treated for dehydration and her other injuries.