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About 100 volunteers, a helicopter and search dogs have been combing a dense Hawaiian forest for Amanda Eller, who has been missing since May 8, according to a Facebook page coordinating the search efforts.

Eller, 35, is a yoga instructor from the Wilmington, North Carolina area, now living on Maui, WTVD reported.

Police said Eller was last seen at about 7:30 a.m. May 8. She was reported missing the next morning, and police found her Toyota just before 10 a.m. May 9 at Makawao Forest Reserve.

Police said Eller’s car was in the parking lot at the reserve, a regular spot where she would hike or jog, according to KHON.

“The key to Amanda’s car is found under the vehicle’s tire,” police said in a press conference Thursday, the TV station reported. “Inside they find her purse, cell phone, wallet, ID, and credit cards, a backpack and full water bottle are also found inside and a pair of black flip flops are found in the car as well.”

“Knowing her and her time in Hawaii it didn’t surprise me that she didn’t have her phone with her. I spoke to a couple of our friends and my first reaction was ‘Guys she’s gonna be OK’. I guess I was kind of in disbelief,” said Jennifer Thor, who described Eller as a close friend and graduate school roommate, according to WTVD.

Thor told the TV station family and friends are raising money to continue the search.

“They want help from the Hawaii National Guard because they need experienced people to go down these ravines to search for her, so I do have a lot of hope but I do know she is in serious danger,” she told WTVD.

More than 100 volunteers helped with the search Thursday, according to search coordinators.

“Amanda’s flip-flops were in her car. We believe she put on her running shoes and possibly headed off for a swim. The undergarment she has on looks like it could be used as a bathing suit. If you are familiar with the waterfalls and other swimming areas at this forest, please come help us search. It is impossible for us to field all of the tips online, we really need you to come out and help us,” the search volunteers said on the FindAmanda Facebook Wednesday.

“We are by no means calling off this search,” family spokeswoman Sarah Haynes said last weekend, according to the GoFundMe page. “The family is offering $10,000 for Eller’s safe return, and is coordinating volunteers to continue searching the forest.”

Police said there are no signs of foul play or “persons of interest” in the case, KITV reported. In a Thursday press conference they said Amanda’s boyfriend Ben Konkol passed a voluntary polygraph test, according to the station.

Family members and Raleigh police were searching for a missing man with stage 4 lung cancer on Friday.

The family of 64-year-old Larry K. Johnson said he was last seen on Monday at SouthLight Healthcare on 2101 Garner Road.

They said his cell phone goes straight to voicemail, and it is full, according to a post shared by the National Center for Missing Persons.

“His family states this is highly unusual for Larry not to be in contact with anyone especially because of his diagnosis,” the post reads.

“They are extremely worried about him.”

Johnson is described as a black male who stands 5 feet 6 inches tall and weighs about 165 pounds. He is bald and has brown eyes, a “salt and pepper” colored beard and dark rimmed eyeglasses. He could be wearing an oversized black or navy blue track suit and black tennis shoes.

Johnson’s family said he made a phone call from SouthLight on Monday asking to be picked up. His family member wasn’t able to pick him up, and that was the last time anyone heard from him.

According to the post, Johnson frequents the South Wilmington Street Center where he volunteers with the homeless communuity -- but Johnson has not been seen there since Friday.

Johnson was diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer in 2016 and is stable, but his family said he takes medication for pain.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Raleigh Police Department at 919-996-3855 or 911.

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