Elizabeth Thomas Returns Home To Tennessee

He said the family planned to offer Elizabeth therapy, and understood that she would need time to recover.

The cabin's caretaker spoke to the couple, O'Hare said.

The man who led authorities to the 15-year-old missing student and her teacher is speaking out. However, now that she has been found, we at WPSD are following what is also the Associated Press' policy and not naming her.

Cummins faces state charges of aggravated kidnapping and sexual contact with a minor as well as a federal charge of taking a minor across state lines to have sex.

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation tweeted Thursday that teacher Tad Cummins had been taken into custody. Cummins was subsequently placed on the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation's top 10 "most wanted" list.

After the capture, one federal charge of transportation of a minor across state lines for the objective of having criminal sexual intercourse was filed against Cummins, said Jack Smith, acting U.S. attorney for the Middle District of Tennessee.

After 39 days on the run, Tad Cummins and Elizabeth Thomas ended up in Northern California, where they apparently tried to get into a commune near Cecilville, according to the man who said he tipped police off to their presence.

Cummins was arrested without incident and said "I'm glad this is over" as he was taken into custody, according to Siskiyou County sheriff's Sgt. Mike Gilley.

During the television interview on Friday, Elizabeth's sister, identified as Kat Bozeman, said she did not believe that Elizabeth had gone willingly with Cummins.

[20.] On April 1, 2017, investigators received information from Wyndham Hotels and Resorts, who owns and operates several motel chains, including Super 8 Motels, that a motel room was booked under the name of Tad Cummins on March 16 and March 17, 2017 at the Guymon, Oklahoma, Super 8 Motel location.

The cabin is located in a remote area with little to no cellphone service, authorities said. The father says he is going to have to figure out what sort of state of mind his daughter is in and that it may be a long road to recovery.

In a news release, the TBI said Cummins might be keeping Elizabeth out of sight of authorities, possibly sleeping in his auto or in a rural community.

Summary: The former teacher and his student that went missing 5 weeks ago were found hiding out in a cabin in northern California. The girl is expected to be returned to relatives in Tennessee on Friday, her family says.

The school district in Maury County terminated Cummins in the wake of an investigation into alleged inappropriate contact he had with Thomas at the school earlier this year after a student reported seeing Cummins kissing Thomas.

"The family is absolutely elated beyond words that this part of the ordeal is coming to an end", Jason Whatley, an attorney for the girl's family said Thursday evening.

Teacher Tad Cummins took guns, money and his wife's vehicle before kidnapping a 15-year-old female student and taking her on a 2,500-mile cross-country journey that ended Thursday, court records show.

After Thomas' father filed a missing-child report and told investigators he feared his daughter was with Cummins, detectives subpoenaed Cummins' financial records and learned that Cummins had taken out a $4,500 loan against his vehicle. The agency said it would provide more details in a press conference later.

  • Leroy Wright