Police in Bullock County, Alabama were working to piece together the last month for a woman who went missing in July but was found naked on a rural road this past weekend after surviving on berries and muddy water, according to NBC News.
Judy Garner discovered Lisa Theris while driving along Highway 82, but first mistook the girl for a deer while she was pulling over to take a closer look.
“I started shaking. I was crying, I was scared, and I didn’t know what to do,” Garner said. “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.”
Theris, 25, had been missing since July 18 from her home in Louisville, AL but was found covered in bug bites and scratch marks across her skin while her hair had been deeply matted and dirt was embedded under her nails.
“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.’”
Theris was lethargic when Garner found her and begged for Garner to not leave her alone.
Chief Anthony Williams of the Bullock County Sheriff’s Department was one of the first law enforcement officers to arrive and expressed how delicate the situation was.
“That’s my first time ever witnessing someone in that condition,” Williams said.
An ambulance eventually transported Theris to a nearby hospital who later released her to her family’s home in Louisville after none of her injuries were deemed severe.
Theris’ brother Will wrote a Facebook post along with a picture of his sister in the hospital that read: “28 days stranded out in the wilderness and Lisa is still standing, strongest person I know.” In another post, he wrote that having his sister home felt “like a dream.”
Police said they were still investigating how Theris ended up in her condition since two suspects that were arrested on burglary and theft charges were believed to be involved in Theris’ disappearance.
Manley Davis and Randall Oswald were arrested two weeks after her disappearance and told authorities they were planning to rob a hunting camp while driving with Theris in their vehicle.