In May 2019 Amanda Eller set off on an exciting 3-mile hike on the island of Maui, Hawaii. Little did she know, however, that this adventure through a tropical paradise would turn into a nightmare. According to Eller’s friends and family, in fact, the woman ended up lost and stranded, fighting for her own survival. But now the formerly missing hiker has come clean about what really happened out in the wilderness.

So what went down? Well, Eller’s abrupt absence actually instigated a huge search operation. Her boyfriend, Ben Konkol, had initially reported her missing when she failed to return home for dinner. The story then spread as the national media caught wind of proceedings. But as time passed, it seemed increasingly less likely that rescuers would find the vanished hiker in time.

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