Missing Tenn. Girl, Teacher That Kidnapped Her, Found Safe


Missing Tenn. Girl, Teacher That Kidnapped Her, Found Safe

The caller indicated that 15-year-old Elizabeth Thomas and her former teacher, 50-year-old Tad Cummins, may have been living in the cabin for a week-and-a-half, Devine said. "I came out here on a prayer and people helped me out and got me on my feet and hopefully I can pass it on". They kept the auto under surveillance for several hours.

Earlier, the Siskiyou County Sheriff's Office reported that the Nissan Rogue used by Cummins had been found. The vehicle's original license plate had been removed, but officials were able to confirm the vehicle through its VIN.

Thomas was found safe with Cummins, who is married, after local residents tipped authorities to the presence of the pair late on Wednesday night. Cummins surrendered without incident.

"It's law enforcement's decision", she said. At the time of this release, efforts to reunite her with her family remained ongoing. However, the two could have likely been in the area for about a week, according to Siskiyou County sheriff's Sgt. Mike Gilley. "We had everything we ever wanted". "I want to spend all 9 lives with you", an image that Thomas posted to Instagram in the days before her disappearance reads.

"This family is in the debt of the media and is so thankful beyond words", said attorney Jason Whatley, "and now their daughter, their sister is on her way home".

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation announced Amber Alert suspect Tad Cummins has been arrested, and the teen he is accused of kidnapping, Elizabeth Thomas, is safe. The pair have been missing for more than month. "She is 15; a child". Police previously said they have warrants charging the teacher with sexual contact with a minor and aggravated kidnapping. She and her husband even took the teen to church. Elizabeth Thomas was a student in Cummins' forensics class.

The teacher's wife of 31 years has filed for divorce. "I think he left because he was so ashamed of what had happened". Leave your thoughts below! "I'm just happy to have her".

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"As we have said from the start, it only takes one tip", Gwyn said.

After being suspended, court records say Cummins took out a loan for $4,500, took two handguns and wrote a note to his wife saying he needed to go to Virginia Beach or the D.C. area to clear his head. Pilgrim: "Do you still love him?" Pharmacies are on the lookout for Tad Cummins.

"Gathering as many details as possible to share", TBI wrote in a tweet. She wasn't even in public school until this year.

Investigators arrested Tad Cummins, the man at the center of a nationwide Amber Alert. Employees at both properties told investigators each room had one bed.

Brent Cooper, district attorney for Maury County, where the kidnapping occurred, said Cummins' extradition would likely take weeks to arrange. Authorities also discovered that the two were communicating before their disappearance by writing drafts on email and having the other person log into the email account to read and respond by draft so that there was no traceable history of their communication.