BULLOCK COUNTY, AL (WSFA) –
A female determined to see her enjoyed ones again endured a painful experience for weeks in the woods of Bullock County. Her survival story is being called a miracle.
Lisa Theris, 25, of Louisville, had actually been missing out on for almost a month when she emerged from the wood line on Highway 82 over the weekend and was spotted bysomeone driving by. A huge search had actually been underway for Theris and covered numerous counties, with multiple firms involved in the examination.
Now, more stunning information are appearing about her survival strategies. She had no shelter, no shoes, no phone, no bag and was all by herself in thousands of acres of separated, thick forest. There were no roadways or homes anywhere around her in the extensive block of land.
Constable Raymond Rodgers stated Theris was identified on the side of the roadway around 2 p.m. Saturday by a lady owning down Highway 82 near the Bullock County and Barbour County line.
“A motorist from Florida was driving 82 east of Midway and saw something moving in the bushes. She returned and there was the young lady in the woody area. She called us and told us she had located the missing person,” the sheriff said. “Finally the young lady has actually been found and she’s alive. Thank God.”
Theris was treated at the local emergency clinic and reunited with her household, who rushed to Bullock County after getting the news that she was found.
The sheriff shed some light on how Lisa survived as she was exposed to brutal aspects day and night.
“She had been out lost in the woods,” he said. “She stated she was drinking water from a brook and eating berries and mushrooms.”
He also revealed that Lisa lost 50 pounds throughout the weeks she was on her own in the wilderness. Hungry and thirsty, officials stated it was really disorienting for her and she kept getting turned around. Search groups, geared up with dogs, covered a lot of ground trying to find her, but there were a lot of miles to cover in the thick woods.
Lisa informed authorities she was on the move, doing all she might to find an escape and get assistance. She lastly handled to make it to the highway on Saturday.
“The bugs had really been on her and she had a great deal of scratch marks. We didn’t ask her too many concerns. We wish to ensure her health readies so we got her on to the healthcare facility. We did not interrogate her at that time,” Sheriff Rodgers stated.
Theris was last seen in Midway before she went missing out on. Her family reported her missing on July 23.
Investigators state she was with 2 men who burglarized a searching camp in Midway on July 17-18. Lisa Theris did unknown they were going there to get into the lodge and steal things and didn’t wish to belong of it, authorities said. The 2 guys, Manley Davis and Randall Oswald, have actually given that been recorded and charged.
“She’s not acquainted with this location and apparently on the night she ran, she went into the woods in the evening and got lost. I simply thank God that she’s alive,” the constable said.
“It’s a relief to everybody. We put a great deal of male hours into this case to find her and this is a great result,” included Sgt. Chad Faulkner, lead investigator on the case. “Her will to live was strong, when you have a will to live and make it through. It’s a miracle.”
The examination into exactly what taken place is still ongoing and there are lots of questions surrounding the robbery, the 2 suspects and Lisa’s disappearance. Officials decreased to release other information at this point.
“We don’t have the overall information on whatever yet. We wished to make sure her health remained in the very best shape and in the days to come, we’ll get some responses,” Sgt. Faulkner stated. “She’s alive which’s all that matters at this moment. We can validate she remained in the location, but as far as that goes, we can’t validate anything else right now.”
Lisa Theris decreased to comment at her house in Louisville on Monday. Citizens in the town expressed their relief that she is back home and recovery from her frightening journey.
“I’m simply pleased she’s back and safe. That’s rough, being in the woods for a month. It might have been a lot worse. It’s excellent that she’s OK and back in your home,” stated James Starks.
Lisa’s sibling, Elizabeth, praised her resiliency.
“Words can not explain the happiness and relief we feel that she has been discovered and gone back to us,” Elizabeth Theris stated. “We are fortunate that she lives, she is so strong and has actually made it through so much. She is badly deteriorated, she is in pain, she is emaciated. There is not an inch of her that has actually not been affected.”
Loved ones are enjoying spending quality time with Lisa as she recuperates.
“She has some issues and has a great deal of recovery to get through but she is standing strong and filled with jokes as ever,” her bro, Will, stated. “The next couple of weeks will be rough, however she is handling it all like a trooper and our household will continue to do all we can to help. We are very happy for everybody’s ideas and prayers.”
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