A missing student has been found alive after almost a month alone and lost in the woods, eating berries and wild mushrooms.
Lisa Theris, 25, had no shelter, no shoes, no phone and no purse as she scoured the woods, lost in thousands of acres of dense forest.
She was forced to drink water out of a brook, and has lost three and a half stone (50lbs) after the weeks of being hungry and thirsty, detectives said.
Investigators said her will to live was strong, and have called her survival story a ‘miracle’.
A vast search for Lisa, from Louisville, had been underway since her family reported her missing on July 23.
Lisa, last seen in Midway, was spotted on the side of the road by someone driving by as she finally emerged from the woods of Bullock County, Alabama, on Saturday afternoon.
She was taken to A&E before being reunited with relieved relatives.
Officials said the harrowing experience had been very disorientating for her, as she persevered to find a way out and get help.
Sheriff Rodgers told MS News Now she came out with a lot of scratch marks and that the “bugs had really been on her”.
Detectives said she’d been with two men who allegedly burgled a hunting camp on July 17-18.
Reports said Lisa was unaware they were going to break in to a lodge and steal things and had not wanted to be part of it, so she ran into the woods.
The two men Manley Davis, 31, and Randall Oswald, 36, from Troy have since been captured and charged in relation to the burglary, WSFA reports.
The incident is still being investigated.
Lisa’s sister, Elizabeth Theris, said she could not describe the happiness and relief the family felt.
Speaking about her sibling, she told MS News Now: “She is severely weakened, she is in pain, she is emaciated.
“We are lucky that she is alive, she is so strong and has made it through so much.”
Relatives said they’re enjoying spending time with her while she recover.