The search for a 25-year-old radiology student has come to an end.
On or around July 17, Lisa Theris was hanging out with two men, Manley Davis and Randall Oswald.
According to multiple reports, Theris followed Davis and Oswald to an Alabama hunting cabin that night. However, when she learned their plan was to break into the cabin, she took off into the woods on her own.
As WSFA reports, Theris didn’t want to be a part of the robbery.
A week later, on July 23, Theris’s family reported her missing.
For the last month, no one has been able to locate her despite the three-week multistate-wide search that ensued following her disappearance. Both Davis and Oswald were arrested for theft and named persons of interest in Theris’s case.
On August 12, Theris’s family learned their daughter had been found — alive.
According to WSFA, Theris was discovered around 2 p.m. when a woman driving down Highway 82 near Bullock County spotted the 25-year-old emerging from the bushes on the side of the road.
Authorities have learned that the student spent the last three weeks eating berries and wild mushrooms and drinking from streams and puddles in order to stay alive.
According to WTVY, Bullock County Sheriff’s Sgt. Chad Faulkner called Theris’s will to live “incredible”:
“I’ve been doing this now going on 15 years and I’ve never seen anything like it. Her will to live is incredible. I hate to classify it as a miracle, but it’s a miracle.”
Theris was reportedly transferred to a local hospital after being found emaciated and covered in bug bites and scratches.
According to WSFA, Sheriff Raymond Rodgers said that they haven’t questioned Theris much since she was found, as her health is their number one priority right now:
“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’s siblings are thrilled to have their sister back.
Her sister, Elizabeth Theris, is thankful for how strong Theris was during the month in the woods, according to WSFA:
“Words cannot describe the happiness and relief we feel that she has been found and returned to us. We are lucky that she is alive, she is so strong and has made it through so much. She is severely weakened, she is in pain, she is emaciated. There is not an inch of her that has not been affected.”
Her brother, Will, said that it’s going to be a long road toward recovery but that his sister is working every day to get better. He added that she is “standing strong and full of jokes as ever.”
Davis and Oswald have not been formally charged in Theris’s disappearance.