A Kindergarten teacher was found alive on Friday, 17 days after she crashed her car in a field in California.
33-year old Jamie Tull was found by two ranch workers and a volunteer rescue worker in a grazing field about a half-mile from where she abandoned her car on July 17.
Merced County Sheriff Vern Warnke said that she told the workers to “go away” and leave food and water.
“Evidentally, she’s got some issues emotionally as to why she didn’t want to be found. We’ll let the family work through that,” he said.
Tull told officers that she survived by eating a fly and two grasshoppers, and so she was found sunburned and malnourished as a result.
Her belongings were found in a water tank. Tull’s husband was the last person she spoke to on July 17, telling him that he wasn’t going to see her again after she crashed her car.
Speaking to Fox 40, Tull’s dad, Jim Devenport, said that Tull had seen a pastor, and that he had told her to come off medication for her bi-polar disorder. The reason being that it would lead her to the devil.
“The position is that pills – any pills, no distinction, but drugs – are a pathway for demons to enter her body and her brain,” Devenport said.
After Tull went missing, her family highlighted the fact that she suffered from bi-polar, and that she had come off her medication six months prior. They were about to hold an intervention when she went missing.