Lisa Theris, Woman who survived a month in Alabama woods was high on meth – two men she was with were so convinced she was dead they accused each other of MURDER
‘Local law enforcement say they believe Lisa Theris who was in custody just prior, was high on drugs and lost track.
That theory still does not explain such a significant missing chunk of time, or the will to survive against, for the woman who suffers from bipolar disorder and is legally blind ‘
25-year-old Alabama woman who survived a month in the woods was high on meth, cops believe
Lisa Theris, was found naked, scratched and bruised near woodland in Midway, Alabama, 25 days after she last spoke to her parents
Her discovery shocked authorities and Theris has only said that she ate mushrooms and berries, and drank muddy water in the woods
Police believe she was high, probably on meth, when she was missing in an area no wider than one mile at any point
Randall Wade Oswald, 36, and Manley Green Davis, 31, her two male companions at the time, were so ‘geeked out’ they blamed each other for her murder
One claimed the other shot her in the head and tossed her body into the creek causing authorities to use divers and cadaver dogs in the search
Theris had a misdemeanor warrant for making noise on a court premises, police said,The offense carried a maximum fine of $500
The radiology student and former Hooters waitress was taking a recent split rather badly, her ex-boyfriend Duston Reed, claims
The two men are both being held on separate burglary charges, Davis and Oswald remain in the Bullock County Jail on the burglary charge, bond is set at $250,000
Sheriff hasn’t ruled out charging Theris, pending investigations
The formerly missing Alabama woman, Lisa Theris told local television channel WSFA about the 25 days she spent lost and naked in the woods before being rescued. The radiology student showcased the horrific scars and sores all over her body [photo, right], from that experience.
How did that happen? What was she doing there with the two burglars? Is she an innocent caught up in their web?
She is yet to address how she got these issues which for some in law enforcement do not ring true.
Police investigating how she could have survived the Alabama wilds, naked and alone, for nearly a month think she may have got lost because she was high on drugs.
Lisa Theris spent 25 days walking around in circles in dense forest despite never being more than a mile from the nearest road. Baffled investigators now suspect the former Hooters waitress may have been disoriented and suffering from hallucinations brought on by taking methamphetamine.
The two men she allegedly took drugs with, meanwhile, were so sure the 25-year-old was dead they started accusing one another of killing her.
One inexplicably told investigators that the other had shot Theris in the head and thrown her body in a creek, leading authorities on a futile two-day search involving cadaver dogs and divers.
Radiology student, Lisa Theris, is found alive after going missing in the Alabama wilderness for a month, surviving on only berries and wild mushrooms – police say she may have been drugged
Lisa, which Lisa?
Missing for almost a month, Lisa Theris was [seen, left] in her hospital bed after being found but was captured in a mugshot [right], on June 8, the last known picture of Theris before she went missing. It was taken when she was booked into custody after disorderly conduct at Coffee County Court in Enterprise, Alabama. Her time in custody had not been previously revealed
Theris was last known to be at the Midway Hunting Lodge, off Pleasant Hill Road, with two men who were there on a burglary. Interviewed by police, Manly Davis and Randy Oswald each claimed the other man had killed her.
Events would later prove that she was actually alive and still in the woods. Question is were they all so high and disoriented, no one appears to remember what actually transpired
Lisa Theris revealed the rashes, sores and bite marks on her body after surviving in the woods naked and unshod for nearly a month. Local law enforcement now say they believe she was high on drugs and lost track – That theory still does not explain such a significant missing chunk of time
Now safely reunited with her family, Theris has given a series of TV interviews recalling how she lived off berries and wild mushrooms, drinking water from muddy puddles and creeks.
Her story has split opinion among locals and law enforcement, some of whom refuse to accept her ‘miraculous’ survival is what it seems, as family and friends in her rural hometown of Louisville, Alabama were already concerned that Theris had fallen in with a bad crowd.
Even as it is revealed that family and friends , worried that her life had spiraled towards drugs and criminality in the months before her disappearance, culminating with a trip to jail for disorderly conduct, the fact remains that In the 25 days she was missing there were no confirmed sightings of Theris.
Theris, who suffers from bipolar disorder and is legally blind due to a chronic eye condition, was reported missing by her father Bill on July 23, five days after he last heard from her.
The 25-year-old had been living in Mobile, Alabama with a boyfriend, Duston Reed, 32, and working as a waitress but when they split in February she moved back in with her parents and enrolled at community college.
‘I didn’t have a job at that time and I wasn’t able to look after her financially,’ Reed said.
Theris walked in the woods [photo], for three weeks before she reached an open highway. He emergence stopped a possible murder investigation against Oswald and Davis, the last two people to see her
The first clue to her involvement was Davis and Oswald telling police investigating the hunting lodge burglary that Theris leaped out of their truck as they attempted to ram the metal entry gates and fled. Randy Oswald told claimed Manly Davis had shot the missing woman in the head, placed her body in a garbage bag and tossed it into a creek.
Police deployed cadaver dogs and divers as their futile search in and around this lake on the Midway Hunting Lodge property.
Lisa Theris and former boyfriend Duston Reed [right], had lived together in Mobile where she was working as a waitress but when they split in February she moved back in with her parents and enrolled at community college.
Reed claimed Theris had struggled with the split: ‘I think she took the split pretty bad. We stayed real close, we talked about getting back together. But I did have concerns though that she was staying out late, mixing with the wrong people.’
On June 8 Theris attended a friend’s court hearing in Coffee County, Alabama and was thrown out of the courthouse for disorderly conduct.
Circuit Clerk James Counts she continued to cause a disturbance outside and was arrested and booked into the county jail before being released on bail.
‘She got out of line, that’s my understanding,’ Counts said. ‘She told deputies she didn’t have to do what she was told so they arrested her.’
The misdemeanor charge carries a maximum of three months in prison but more likely a fine of up to $500 for a first offense.
However two days before Theris re-emerged from the wilderness prosecutors dropped the case, presuming she was dead.
The two friends last seen with her were Randall Wade Oswald, 36, and Manley Green Davis, 31, both from the nearby town of Troy where they were well known to law enforcement because of previous arrests for petty crime and drugs.
Oswald, an air conditioning engineer, insisted Davis was the last to see Theris alive. Manley said the opposite but failed to come in for questioning and fled when an officer from the Troy Police Department tried to pull him over.
The breakthrough came when the pair were linked to the burglary of a remote woodland hunting lodge 40 miles away in the early hours of July 19, just hours after Theris last spoke to her family.
More than $40,000 worth of property, including ATVs and trailers had been loaded onto a truck which was caught on security camera as it drove in and out.
The two friends admitted they were there and confirmed Theris was with them, although with differing accounts of events.
Manly Davis [left] and Randy Oswald [right], were arrested during the time that Theris was [missing] in the woods. Both men believed to be connected with her disappearance, claimed the other had murdered the missing woman
When she vanished, Lisa Theris was facing another court date over her charge. She was facing a maximum of a $500 fine, if she was found guilty.
Davis told deputies Theris leaped out of their truck as they attempted to ram the metal entry gates and fled. Oswald, whose father George manages the hunting lodge, told investigators Davis had shot the girl in the head, placed her body in a garbage bag and tossed it into creek.
Deputies focused on a lake behind the lodge but divers and cadaver dogs failed to locate any remains: ‘We did a lot of ghost-hunting,’ Bullock County Sheriff Raymond Rodgers said. ‘They were so ‘geeked out’ that they started blaming each other for a murder that didn’t happen.
‘They [Oswald and Davis], were as relieved as we were when she walked out of those woods. They were thinking they killed her.’
Davis and Oswald are currently in jail charged with first degree theft of property and third degree burglary. Sheriff Rodgers has not ruled out charging Theris.
However she is sticking to her story that she didn’t want any part in the raid and fled into the trees to escape Oswald and Davis.
Theris told deputies she tore off her red shirt because she was afraid they would see it and come after her. She was without a cell phone because it was damaged several weeks earlier in a car crash.
She can remember little else before waking up some time later, alone and naked. There is no accounting for how long she was ‘out’.
The patch of woodland in which she supposedly spent the next 25 days surviving off the land is a mixture of dense forest and overgrown fields, even at its widest point, it is estimated, would take less than a day to walk from one side of the woods to the other.
There are numerous hunting tracks, hides and even power lines that lead out of the undergrowth.
It is the belief of Sheriff Raymond Rodgers that Theris was on a drug-induced walkabout: ‘Me personally, I think she was on meth, she was hallucinating and she just got lost in the woods.’
But judging by the emaciated, bedraggled state Theris was in when she finally emerged, Sheriff Rodgers believes she remained in the woods the entire time. She was covered in cuts, bites and poison ivy welts.
Her hair was matted, she was missing her glasses and he estimates she had lost 45 lbs. ‘We are thinking they were all pretty much on drugs,’ he said.
‘Me personally, I think she was on meth, she was hallucinating and she just got lost in the woods.
‘She was probably so under the influence on drugs that she stripped her clothes off. She was in a strange place, she came to, she didn’t know where she was.
“I don’t know how much drugs she took but I believe she was in there the whole time,” Sheriff Rodgers said.
Lisa Theris who reappeared two days after a warrant on her was vacated because she was lost and presumed dead, went on local television channel WSFA and spoke about her ordeal and survival measures but offered little insight into how she got into the situation.
Locals express disbelief that someone could remain lost in a relatively small area for so long. They point out the considerable dangers lurking in the undergrowth, from coyotes to rattle snakes, moccasin snakes and poisonous spiders.
Temperatures for that period were frequently in the 90s and as high as 98F.
George Oswald, 56, whose son Randy is one of the two men involved in the case dad, has hunted and worked in the woods around Midway for most of his life, is quite skeptical.
‘I’m extremely p***ed with my son, he’s embarrassed my name, he’s stolen from my good friends and he’s got a lot of questions to answer,’ he said.
‘But if she’s a sweet little princess who got lost in the woods for all this time then I’m the f***ing Pope – it’s just not possible.’
George Oswald says he spent two days combing the area by quad bike himself looking for signs of Theris. He also witnessed multi-agency search teams with dozens of people looking for her for days at a time, Oswald said.
‘This time of year there ain’t no berries out there. You will see a few mushrooms but not enough to live on for 25 days,’ he said.
‘And how does a 25-year-old girl determine the difference between a good mushroom and a bad mushroom?
‘If she really did last that long out there by herself with no clothes and shoes she needs to be hired by the US Marine Corps to show them how to do it.’
Theris’ 27-year-old sister Elizabeth is cross that any one would insinuate that her sister may have stayed in the woods voluntarily to avoid being drawn into the burglary investigation. Although she offered that she does not know exactly what transpired either. ‘I haven’t pushed her too much on anything. It’s upsetting to her that she can’t remember what happened,’ Elizabeth said
The appears to be quite a few holes in the story purveyed by Former Hooters waitress Lisa Theris.
“Anybody who would have seen the state she was in would say it was idiotic to suggest that,” she said.
‘Why would you put yourself through the risk of dehydration and death just to get off a burglary charge? Why would she put her family thought this ordeal?
‘She told me she stayed by a source of water and screamed for help. The bottom of her feet are all cut up. She crawled on her hands and knees. She made a walking stick out of a branch.
‘We took her to the doctor and the dermatologist and they said that some of these scars will never go away.’
Davis and Oswald remain in the Bullock County Jail on $250,000 bond, charged solely in relation to the burglary.
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