2 weeks pass in search for missing Barbour County woman

Lisa Theris (Courtesy: Theris Family)
Lisa Theris (Courtesy: Theris Family)
Updated: Aug. 4, 2017 at 6:14 PM CDT
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BULLOCK COUNTY, AL (WSFA) - The search continues for a missing Barbour County woman who vanished more than two weeks ago. Police now believe Lisa Theris, 25, of Louisville, was last seen in Bullock County before she disappeared.

Sheriff Raymond "Buck" Rodgers says a massive effort to locate Theris has been underway this week in the Midway area, including search teams on the ground and dive teams in local bodies of water.

According to Rodgers, Theris was with three men on Pleasant Hill Road in Midway when a hunting camp was burglarized. Her family later reported missing to the Troy Police Department because the last time her father spoke to her over the phone, Theris indicated she was in Troy.

Manley Green Davis, 31, of Pike County was arrested on Monday, July 31 and charged with Burglary in the Third Degree and Theft in the First Degree relating to the break-in at the hunting camp in Midway.

The investigation shows Davis and Theris knew each other and were together on or around the time she was reported missing.

Law enforcement said the theft involved four wheelers, ATVs, tools, chainsaws and other items were stolen in Midway, valued at $40,000.

Sheriff Rodgers says it's unclear where Theris went after the burglary. Manley Davis reportedly told investigators she headed up the road with the other two men they were with, but he didn't see what happened next. Authorities did not identify the other two burglary suspects.

On 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 out of Bullock County, 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.

As the search continues for Theris, her family is waiting anxiously for news of any developments.

"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 Troy police 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.

"We haven't heard from her on her phone or on Facebook. We know something has happened," Mr. 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 resource to follow up on "any and all" leads.

Theris is a student who is studying to become a radiologist.

"It's been turning into quite a nightmare," her father 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."

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 is please contact the Troy Police Department at 334-566-0500 or CrimeStoppers at 334-215-STOP (7867).

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