There are so many stories of people went missing and they still haven’t been found, including little British girl who went missing in Portugal. Some stories do have a happy ending, though. A student who went missing in the Alabama wilderness a month ago has been found alive, as reported by the media. Lisa Theris, 25, got lost in the dense forest without shoes or shelter, and had to eat berries and wild mushrooms to keep herself alive. Her will to live was strong and she was happily reunited with her family after a woman found her on the road.
Theris was reunited with her family after she made it to the wood line on Highway 82 and a driver found her around 2 pm on Saturday, August 12. The radiology student has lost 50 pounds and has scratches and bites all over her body.
After the woman found her, Sheriff Raymond Rodgers received a call from the passing woman. He told WFSA: “She called us and told us she had located the missing person.”
Since July 23, a multi-county search had been ongoing. Reportedly, The female student was with two men who broke into a hunting lodge in Midway, Alabama. As Lisa didn’t know their intentions, she probably decided to leave the area and not involve herself in the robbery.
“She’s not familiar with this area and apparently on the night she ran, she went into the woods at night and got lost,” said Sheriff Rodgers.
The two men were Manley Davis, 31, and Randall Oswald, 36. The police arrested them for allegedly stealing $40,000 (£31,000) worth of items, including ATVS (quad bikes) and chainsaws. The sheriff said that Theris had been going round in circles due to lack of food. That’s when the woman found her. Lisa said she ate wild berries and mushrooms. As for drinking, she quenched her thirst from brooks and puddles.
“We didn’t ask her too many questions,” said Sheriff Rodgers.’
Sergeant Chad Faulkner added: “We don’t have the total details on everything yet. We wanted to make sure her health was in the best shape. She’s alive and that’s all that matters at this moment.”
Luckily, Theris reunited with her family in Louisville and is slowly beginning to recover.
“She is severely weakened, she is in pain, she is emaciated,” said her sister, Elizabeth. “There is not an inch of her that has not been affected.”
As her brother, WIll, reports, she is still able to make jokes and get through the pain.