When Lisa Theris appeared on today’s This Morning to recount her incredible survival story after being left naked and alone in a forest for nearly a month, we felt a mixture of emotions – horror, shock and awe.
After all, the 25-year-old from Alabama is registered blind.
However, after she spoke to presenters Eamonn Holmes and Ruth Langsford via satellite link, some viewers focused their attention on one part of the interview in particular.
They complained about the sound of her voice.
The radiology student was reported missing on 23rd July, but after a massive manhunt was finally discovered in dense forest in Midland, Alabama, on 15th August.
She was naked, starving hungry – she’s said to have lost around three stone in weight – and covered in scratches and bug bites.
“I can’t remember exactly what led up to those points,” she told Eamonn and Ruth. “What I do remember is waking up naked in the woods and not knowing how I got there.
“I believe that I was drugged and dropped off by people who I thought were my friends.”
Police have yet to clarify the events that led to Lisa’s disappearance. But what they do know is that she’d earlier been with two men who’d broken into a hunting lodge.
Manley Davis, 31, and Randall Oswald, 36, have been charged with that offence and were initially considered ‘persons of interest’ in Lisa’s disappearance.
Whatever it was that led to her being in that forest, one thing is certain: with severely impaired sight, the young woman was bewildered and terrified.
The big challenge now was trying to stay alive and find her way home.
“I had to figure it out for myself along the way, gather berries and stuff.
“I didn’t have any survival skills learned already,” she continued. “I had to drink any kind of water I could find – little streams, puddles, even if they were muddy.
“Of course, I got sick off them but I did what I had to do to survive and get back to my family.
“Everything looked the same. I’m near-sighted, so I could see right in front of me but anything further I couldn’t see at all.”
Luckily, Lisa stumbled onto a main road, where a passing motorist spotted her and waited with her until help arrived. She’s now been reunited with her family.
A pretty gripping story – although not everyone was on the edge of their seat, and some took to Twitter to criticise Lisa’s delivery.
One viewer moaned: “This girl’s voice is sending me to sleep.”
Another wrote: “I’m sorry but I’m finding it so hard to listen to this person. She’s got a monotone voice and her story is just weird??”
And a third added: “Sorry to hear about her ordeal, but that monotone voice… Did she just talk the killer tropical bugs and animals into a coma?!”
Harsh words, but after the ordeal she’s been through, we’re sure Lisa’s just glad she’s safe.