PAULS VALLEY, OK - A special needs woman missing for two days has been found safe, Garvin County Sheriff's officials said Wednesday morning. 21-year-old Lisa Needham is no longer missing.
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GARVIN COUNTY, OK - A young woman with special needs walked out the door and went hitchhiking on Monday.
Lisa Needham, 21, was carrying only a backpack and some clothes when she left home off Highway 177 in Garvin County early Monday morning.
Needham was adopted at birth from a mother with drug problems, and behaves like someone much younger. She suffers from mild symptoms of cerebral palsy and takes pills for emotional problems.
"I always wake up early, and I opened up her bedroom door and she was gone," said Donna Rivers, Needham's adoptive mother of nine years. "She's never done anything like this. She's never been without me. She doesn't know about the world."
"Lisa has some diminished mental capacity and may not be able to make the correct decisions on her own," Garvin County Sheriff Larry Rhodes said.
Needham asked for water at a house a few miles away around 2 a.m. on Monday, Rivers said.
By around 6 a.m., she was nearly 20 miles from home at a gas station just off Interstate 35 at the Wynnewood exit. The clerk advised her to think about going home, but around 8 a.m., she caught a ride out of town, saying she wanted to get a job in Dallas.
By 1:30 p.m. on Monday, she was spotted along Interstate 40 in Sallisaw, OK, near the Arkansas border.
Rivers is concerned Needham could have a seizure as a result of stopping her pills cold turkey.