Results 1 to 3 of 3

Thread: Megan May "Mei" Funderburk (24) found dead off a hiking trail after going missing

  1. #1
    It was aliens raisedbywolves's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2013
    Rep Power

    Megan May "Mei" Funderburk (24) found dead off a hiking trail after going missing

    The father and brother of a Hilo woman originally from Oregon who went missing Sunday near Wainaku Scenic Point have come to the Big Island to help in the search.

    Devon Funderburk, Megan May Funderburk?s brother, said he last talked to his sister ? who goes by ?May? or ?Mei? ? on Sunday, the same day she went missing. The woman said she was going up the Hamakua Coast but didn?t have a car.

    Devon Funderburk, who used to live in Kona, said he?s in Puna now to help spearhead search efforts.

    ?We?re organizing people, we?re printing out signs, and we?re going to put signs up everywhere,? he said. ?We?ve got someone coming from Arizona who?s a tracker. We?ve also got a guy from (Los Angeles) who follows this stuff up. He?s got drones and dogs, and he?s going to pick up the scent and hit the trail. There?s going to be a lot of manpower, and it?s going to be a (expletive) thorough search.?

    One of the searchers is Christopher Berquist, volunteer search leader and expert on high-tech search methods who helped find lost hiker Amanda Eller, who survived 17 days in the Maui wilderness last year. Berquist also led the civilian search last year for missing Hilo hiker Kyle Brittain.

    ?I met with him this morning and took him out to the location where (Megan Funderburk) was last seen,? said police Lt. Rio Amon-Wilkins of the Hilo Criminal Investigations Section.

    A Facebook page has been set up called ?Help Us Find Megan May Funderburk? to solicit leads and volunteers to help search for the missing 24-year-old.

    ?She has a huge network of friends,? Devon Funderburk said. He added it was unlike his sister to not check in periodically and said she is a friendly person.

    Megan Funderburk?s phone was found near where she was last seen and police are analyzing it to perhaps find clues about her disappearance and whereabouts. Also found were a shawl and one of her shoes.

    She was described as 5-foot-9-inches tall, 117 pounds with hazel eyes and blond hair. She has a tattoo of the Star of David on her chest and a sleeve tattoo on her left arm, and was last seen wearing a gray long-sleeved cut-off top and unknown colored pants.

    She has worn her hair straight, in dreadlocks ? and, according to Devon Funderburk, might have shaved her head.

    ?But her tattoos are very distinguishing,? he added.

    ?If anybody sees her or if anybody hears from her, reach out and talk to us. Even if they?re not 100% sure, if it?s someone who looks like her.?

    Devon Funderburk is taking calls and texts with clues at 769-3101. In addition, those with information or who want to help with the search also can post to the Facebook wall or send a private message to the ?Help Us Find Megan May Funderburk? page.

  2. #2
    Junior Member tanjalin23's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2012
    Rep Power
    Per the linked Facebook page, they found her body near the trail. Poor girl.

  3. #3
    It was aliens raisedbywolves's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2013
    Rep Power
    Quote Originally Posted by tanjalin23 View Post
    Per the linked Facebook page, they found her body near the trail. Poor girl.

    Megan May Funderburk has died by an apparent fall off a cliffside.

    Chris Berquist, who headed up the civilian search that located Funderburk’s body at around 9:30 a.m. Saturday, said the 24-year-old fell roughly 30 feet from a cliff in the same general area of Wainaku Scenic Point where she was last seen on Feb. 9, 2020. The point is located just north of Hilo

    “The timeline makes sense for it to have happened kind of right away,” Berquist said.

    Volunteer teams began a coordinated search from the area where Funderburk’s phone, shoe and shawl were found, working outward in search of more evidence. Berquist said they found her in a heavily wooded area.

    Police conducted a subsequent investigation. Berquist said he can’t speak for the police and is not a criminal investigator, but from his experience as a civilian search and rescue operator, it doesn’t appear Funderburk’s death involved foul play.

    “It makes sense somebody could have fallen there on their own,” he said.

    David Funderburk, the victim’s father, said the last time he spoke to his daughter she was stressed and seemed “not all there.”

    Funderburk had lived on the Big Island for five years, mainly working on farms and painting houses. Her father said her dream was to run a farm of her own one day.

    “She fell in love with the land and people,” David Funderburk said. “She started making a life here in the farming community. She had dreams of getting property and running an organic farm here.”

    Funderburk was last seen by her boyfriend, Michael Broan, who police say has been cooperating with the investigation.

    Broan is at a rehabilitation center in California, according to David Funderburk, who has been in contact with him since the disappearance.

    Broan left for California Monday, the day following Funderburk’s disappearance. His travel was not spontaneous but planned, said David Funderburk, adding that his daughter was aware of Broan’s intention to leave the island.

Thread Information

Users Browsing this Thread

There are currently 1 users browsing this thread. (0 members and 1 guests)

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts