Body of 35-Year-Old Missing Hiker Found in Hawaii

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A GoFundMe page has been set up to help find Noah Mina, who was last seen alive on May 20.

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Searchers found the body of missing hiker Noah “Kekai” Mina, his family said Wednesday.

His father, Vincent Mina, told CNN that he positively identified his son’s body Wednesday morning.

Mina, 35, was “reported possibly missing” on May 20, Maui police said.

The same rescue team that found hiker Amanda Eller on Friday joined the search for Mina over the weekend.

Searchers used a helicopter to locate Mina’s body 300 feet below a fall line in the summit region of Mauna Kahalawaia, according to a statement on the family’s “Bring Kekai Home” Facebook page.

Eller’s rescue after she was missing for 17 days renewed hope that Mina might be found alive.

Members of the community contributed money and time to search and rescue efforts, including the use of helicopters and infrared technology.

“With the recent events surrounding the Amanda Eller missing persons case, and the miracle that she was found alive after so long alone, the Mina ohana has faith that Kekai will be found alive as well,” one person said in a post on the family’s Facebook page.

“It was community support that helped find Amanda, and it is with community support that we will find Kekai, as well.”

Rough terrain and weather impeded efforts over the weekend, said rescuer Javier Cantellops. But the success in Eller’s rescue, which Cantellops participated in, kept him optimistic.

“Maui let’s keep the momentum going the motivation going and the love and support going. Let’s give this family the same Aloha the same support we gave Amanda. I understand it’s different terrain but your love and support from afar is what kept this story alive let’s continue to do it for Noah and his family.”

Police and fire personnel searched for Mina in the area of Kapilau Ridge Trail, also known as the Saint Anthony Cross in Wailuku.

The area is about 18 miles from Makawao Forest Reserve, where Eller was found after she went missing for 17 days.

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