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Yoga instructor who went out for a hike in Maui is missing

(CNN) — A yoga instructor who went for a hike in Maui last week has not been seen since, and police are asking for the public’s help in locating her.

Amanda Eller, 35, was reported missing on Thursday, and friends and family hadn’t heard from her since 7:03 a.m. the day before. Police found her white Toyota RAV4 in the parking lot at Makawao Forest Reserve on Thursday morning at about 9:50 a.m.

“Her car was there and her belongings were in her car. Her phone was in her car,” Eller’s friend, Sarah Haynes, told CNN affiliate KHON. “That is common for her. She likes to unplug when she runs.”

A multi-agency search effort is underway in the search for Eller at Makawao Forest Reserve, and there is a $10,000 reward for information leading to her whereabouts. Video posted to a Facebook page set up to find hershows a group of searchers, including dogs, at the site where her car was found.

“Amanda’s really well loved in the yoga community and there are people coming from all over the island coming in and hiking and trying to find her,” said Haynes.

On her personal website, Eller said she is a physical therapist who has made Maui her home.

“Living on this island has also inspired extraordinary changes, including the completion my yoga teacher training,” she wrote. “I have found yoga asana to be one of the most powerful injury prevention and rehabilitation practices, and I’m thrilled to now offer private sessions to my clients.”

She also wrote that when not treating patients or teaching yoga, she is “exploring the beautiful outdoors while scuba diving, stand up paddle boarding and hiking.”

Another friend, Lucia Maya, praised Eller as an amazing person.

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

Soldier climbs over railing, falls into volcano

The chief ranger of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park is warning visitors to “never cross safety barriers, especially around dangerous and destabilized cliff edges,” after a soldier did just that—and fell into the Kilauea volcano’s caldera.

The 32-year-old, reportedly on the Big Island for training exercises, had “just climbed over a permanent metal railing” on a 300-foot cliff at the caldera when the ground collapsed beneath him. He only fell 70 feet, however, landing on a narrow ledge. The incident happened around 6:30pm Wednesday, park officials said, per NPR.

It took rescuers more than two hours to rappel to the “seriously injured” man, who was then extricated around 9:40pm.

He arrived at Hilo Medical Center by helicopter in critical condition, though his condition was listed as stable by Thursday.

A fire official tells Hawaii News Now the man is “doing remarkably well for his fall. Only time will tell what injuries he has.”

He was lucky in the sense that Chief Ranger John Broward warns “crossing safety barriers and entering closed areas can result in … death.”

The park has been transformed by Kilauea’s 2018 eruption. A year on, the volcano is still very active.

“Our best estimate is that lava could return to the summit in a matter of months to years, and then could return to one of the rift zones in a matter of years to decades,” a US Geological Service rep tells CBS News. (Read more Kilauea volcano stories.)

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