Police arrest person of interest in missing woman investigation

Published: Jul. 31, 2017 at 6:17 PM CDT|Updated: Aug. 4, 2017 at 5:50 PM CDT
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Lisa's family visited with Troy investigators on Monday as they continue searching for her....
Lisa's family visited with Troy investigators on Monday as they continue searching for her. (Source: WSFA 12 News)
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Lisa Theris (Courtesy: Theris Family)
Lisa Theris (Courtesy: Theris Family)
Lisa Theris (Courtesy: Theris Family)
Lisa Theris (Courtesy: Theris Family)

TROY, AL (WSFA) - A person of interest in the case of a missing woman has been arrested by the Troy Police Department.

According to Troy police, an investigation revealed Manly Green Davis, 31, of Troy, knew Lisa Joy Theris, 25, of Louisville, who has been missing for two weeks. Police also said Davis and Theris were together on or around the time she was reported missing by her father.

Monday, a deputy with the Pike County Sheriff's Department spotted Davis driving a white Cadillac on Alabama Highway 87 near the Pike County Lake Road. Knowing about existing warrants for Davis, including warrants from Bullock County for burglary in the third degree and theft of property in the first degree, the deputy turned around to make contact with Davis.

Davis then fled the scene, according to police, traveling toward Troy. Officers searched the area, locating Davis in the backseat of a car in the 600 block of Wilson Drive after a witness told police he was seen on foot in the area. Davis' vehicle was found nearby on Rick Street and impounded.

Davis was interviewed by Troy investigators before being taken to Bullock County to face felony theft and burglary charges. Police say the investigation into Theris' disappearance in ongoing.

The family of Lisa Theris is anxiously waiting for news of a development in the case, but with each passing day, their fears continue to grow. They are doing everything they can to assist in the search for her.

"A lot of people have been looking for her," Lisa's father, William Theris, said. "We talked with her every day, every other day. This is absolutely unlike Lisa."

She was reported missing to the Troy Police Department on July 23 by her father and two of her friends. According to her father, his last contact with Lisa was by phone on Tuesday, July 18. Police say she told her dad she was in Troy during that conversation.

Lisa's father, brother, sister and best friend came to Troy on Monday to speak with investigators.

"We haven't heard from her on her phone or on Facebook. We know something has happened. Troy police have assured us that they're also looking desperately and they have some leads," William Theris stated. "There's people that they're looking for that know about the case and they know about Lisa and where Lisa is. We just desperately want to get some news."

Troy Police Chief Randall Barr says the investigation is "very active" and the department is using every available resources to follow up on "any and all" leads.

"Anyone who knows anything about her whereabouts is urged to come forward, no matter how small you think the information might be. We hope and pray that she can be returned to her family safely and for a happy ending in this case," Chief Barr said.

According to her family, Lisa was last seen at a residence in Pike County in the Troy Police Department's jurisdiction.

The chief couldn't get into further details on the case at this stage, but stressed that his department is working all angles.

Lisa Theris is a student who is studying to become a radiologist. Her father says she was also in Midway before she vanished and that different locations, including woods, have been searched in that area.

Her family and friends gathered in Louisville over the weekend to discuss the case as more and more people join the effort to help look for Lisa. Her family and friends hope they get some answers soon.

"It's been turning into quite a nightmare," William Theris said. "We're going to find Lisa and we're going to find out what happened. It's not going to end until it ends and we just hope it ends well for everybody."

Lisa Theris is 5 feet 5 inches tall and weighs 145 pounds with brown hair and blue eyes. She may be in danger because she has a medical condition that requires daily medication and she needs her prescription medication.

If anyone has seen Lisa or knows where she may be please contact the Troy Police Department at 334-566-0500 or CrimeStoppers at 334-215-STOP (7867).

"We're all out here frantically losing our heads trying to find her. We've contacted everyone we possibly can. Even the smallest leads, we call them in," said her best friend, Wayne Williams. "It's just a frantic search at this point, but we're doing the best we can. She's a sweet girl and if you see her, don't hesitate to call police."

Chief Barr does not think Lisa Theris' case is related to the disappearance of Lelia Faulkner, of Troy, who has been missing for more than a year. Faulkner vanished last July 4 after spending time with family members. The Pike County Sheriff's Office is investigating her disappearance. She's described as being 5 feet 6 inches tall and 125 pounds with blond hair and blue eyes.

Meanwhile, Lisa Theris' family will continue combing the area for her and sharing her picture online in the hopes it helps bring her home.

"She has a lot of family concerned for her, all the way to France, Boston, Mobile. We just need to know something," her father said.

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