A missing woman from Chelsea, Alabama, was discovered 36 hours after she disappeared from a car crash thanks to the work of law enforcement and community members. Lisa Michelle Holman, 45, was found alive in some woods near where her crashed car was found abandoned, AL.com reported. According to WAAY 31, Holman's shoes, phone and purse were left behind in the car.
On Sunday, a statement released by Holman’s family stated that she suffered "a few broken bones” during the ordeal.
"Her ability to withstand these injuries, the weather conditions, and the length of time in the woods is a testament to her resiliency," the family said, according to ABC News.
The family thanked the Pelham Police Department, Pelham Fire Department, the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office and everyone else who assisted in the search for Holman.
"We would like to thank the literally hundreds of volunteers who offered their assistance throughout Saturday and Sunday. It was a team of these volunteers that finally reached Lisa on Sunday morning,” the statement said.
Holman is a mother of two.
Pelham Police Chief Larry Palmer also issued a statement of his own on Sunday on Facebook: "I want to personally thank everyone involved in the search for Lisa Holman. This was a true community effort...from surrounding law enforcement agencies, to fire and rescue, to search teams, and volunteers. I also want to thank local media outlets for sharing Lisa's story with you. While we are still working to piece together the events of the past few days, we do want to let you know Ms. Holman was alert when we found her, and she was able to walk out of the woods to medical professionals standing by to treat her.”
Police credited the many volunteers for their generosity and compassion.
"A true community effort and genuine concern for one of our own," Pelham Police told ABC News. "One man literally gave her the shoes off his feet to walk out while he walked out barefoot."
Amy Miller, a woman who calls herself Holman’s best friend, claims Holman got lost in the dark after the crash. She said she stayed under a rock overhang for shelter during her time in the woods, WIAT reported. Police are still trying to determine the details of the situation.
[Photo: Pelham Police Department]
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