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World ‘I knew we would find her’: Woman lost in Maui found alive after 17 days

Eller, pictured here in centre, said she lost her way on May 8, turning a three-mile hike she had made before into a fight for her life.

Javier Cantellops/The New York Times News Service

Julia Eller, the mother of Amanda Eller, a hiker who was found alive after she disappeared in Maui weeks ago, says her daughter is doing “remarkably” well considering what she’s been through.

Eller, a 35-year old yoga teacher, was found alive Friday after she went missing for more than two weeks.

Hiking crews had been searching for the woman after she went missing from a popular hiking trail in Maui on May 9th.

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“I felt in my heart she was alive. I never gave up hope for a minute. And even though at times you know I would have those moments of despair, I stayed strong for her because I knew we would find her if we just stayed, stayed with the program, stayed persistent .. you know and kept after - that we would eventually find her. we just needed a little patience,” said her mother.

Eller was not only found alive but in healthy condition, even though local media reported she did appear to suffer a hiking-related injury.

According to news reports, Eller said she got lost and just kept on walking.

There were fears about her fate after authorities located video showing her shopping at a local market, but later found her car and her belongings, including a cell phone in a parking lot, without any clues of her whereabouts.

Eller’s mother told local media that her daughter was spotted Friday afternoon on the hiking by a helicopter. She ws taken to the hospital for a check up and is now safely back with her family.

“She has a fracture on her leg and she’s got some things to contend with on her ankles… but overall you know her blood work was good… And they said for what she had been through, she was in surprisingly good shape.”

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