The family of Lisa Theris say that she was missing for 28 days straight.
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According to authorities however, Lisa was later discovered by a driver who happened to be glancing into the bushes this weekend on Highway 82 near Union Springs in Bullock County, Alabama.
Judy Garner, the driver, thought at first it was a wounded deer, but what she found was Lisa petrified, covered in bug bites, and emaciated, filthy and hungry.
“I started shaking. I was crying, I was scared, and I didn’t know what to do,” Garner retold the events. “So I went over to her and asked her if she would stay there while I get water out of my van. She stayed, and I called 911 and told them I had found a girl on the road. She said she ate berries and drank muddy water,” Garner said.
“I gave her a hug and said, ‘You poor thing. You’ve been through a lot.’” Garner went on to say that Theris was delusional from both the hunger and being isolated, and that she begged Garner “not to leave her side.” “I don’t think she could have made it much longer,” Garner said.
According to her family, Lisa was last seen on July 18th near in the community of Midway, Alabama, which is located about 35 miles southeast of Montgomery.
The Bullock County Sheriff’s Department who investigated the initial disappearance said that Lisa was with two men who had intended to break into a hunting camp in the rural area that night she vanished.
Theris told the police that once she realized the men were planning to commit a crime, she wanted nothing to do with the burglary and jumped out of their car and ran into the woods.
The location where Garner first found Theris was around 30 miles Southeast of the location where she fled from the car, and it’s unclear how she ended up that far away.
Bullock County Sheriff Raymond Rogers said, “She’s not familiar with this area and apparently on the night she ran, she went into the woods at night and got lost. I just thank God that she’s alive.”
Theris’ brother, Will, told local news that he found out his sister was located by a simple text from his mother.
“My family’s whole again and words can’t express how happy and thankful I am to see her face again and those bright blue eyes,” he said.
“She has some complications and has a lot of healing to get through but she is standing strong and full of jokes as ever,” said her brother. “The next few weeks will be rough, but she is handling it all like a trooper and our family will continue to do all we can to help. We are very thankful for everyone’s thoughts and prayers.”
The two criminals, 36 year old Randall Oswald and 31 year old Manley Davis, both from Pike County, Alabama were later arrested July 31st and charged with breaking into the hunting camp and stealing around $40,000 worth of property.
Both men told investigators that Theris suddenly fled their car on the night of their crime and said they had not seen her since.
Neither were ever charged with any crimes against Theris, including charges related to her disappearance, but they were suspects.
During the month that she was missing ordeal, Theris, stuck in the woods and had no shelter, shoes, or food the entire time.
Miraculously she was able to have survived by collecting wild berries and mushrooms in the wild, which kept her alive throughout the terrifying ordeal. By the time she was finally found and rescued this past weekend, she had lost a shocking 50 pounds.
Given her traumantic nightmare in the forest, police are giving her time to regroup and regain her strength before conducting an extensive investigation.
As Sheriff Rogers said, “The bugs had really been on her, and she had a lot of scratch marks. We didn’t ask her too many questions. We want to make sure her health is good.”
Officers in a testament to her will to survive said in describing her story as a “miracle” that she was able to keep the mentality to stay alive.
At this time it remains uncertain as to when she will be released from the hospital, and her sister told reporters “She is severely weakened, she is in pain, she is emaciated.”
No information has been released to indicate as to whether any of the criminals were involved with her actual disappearance, but the family is just thankful she is alive.
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