Elizabeth Thomas Headed Home to TN

When Cummins went outside, investigators were there to arrest him, O'Hare said.

During that time, Barry said, he didn't talk to the pair much, but he noticed Cummins tried to "keep her away" and "was always dominating the conversation".

Barry said he first met Cummins at a gas station the week before where the former teacher asked for directions and needed gas, saying they lost their home in a house fire and needed money, INSIDE EDITION reports.

A few days later Cummins came back looking for a place to stay so Barry put them up in some cabins with some food.

Their vehicle did not have license plates and he noticed that the young woman would not get out of the auto when the man got out.

As he discussed and researched the pair with someone, Barry saw Cummins' picture online in an urgent Amber Alert widely distributed by authorities.

"When they're moving them on, like to Tennessee, he may go to half a dozen different hubs on the way there because they don't just have a series of planes that take people from Point A to Point B", Potanova said.

Lopey said the two had previously been at a commune called Black Bear Ranch, but "didn't get along" with commune residents and ended up leaving.

He phoned police, who surrounded the cabin and busted Cummins and rescued the teenage student Thursday morning.

The father of Elizabeth Thomas told ABC's Good Morning America he believes she was brainwashed by Tad Cummins.

Cummins was officially fired from his teaching job at Culleoka Unit School. Elizabeth was walking behind him and was detained. "Now begins another hard chapter, but for now, we celebrate".

The caretaker reports that Thomas would not get out of the vehicle and would only communicate by whispering in Cummins' ear.

But instead of going to the beach, police say he picked up the student in Columbia, Tennessee, in his wife's silver Nissan Rogue on the morning of March 13, triggering a six-week police manhunt.

Whatley speculated that Cummins had planned an escape to the Northwest, referencing the citing of the two at a Walmart in Oklahoma City off Interstate 44, which leads to California.

Cummins had a warrant for his arrest with the charges of transporting a minor with the intent to engage in criminal sexual activity after he allegedly kidnapped 15-year-old Elizabeth Thomas last month. The charge carries a minimum of 10 years.

KCRA is not naming the girl or showing her photo because she is an alleged victim of sex crimes. "We'll make sure she'll get what therapy she needs and that she's safe, that she knows she's safe". "We're anxiously awaiting word on her condition".

The main concern is for her emotional well-being, TBI Director Mark Gwyn said.

"It was very traumatic for her".

"These two had a relationship to the extent where she didn't exhibit any anger toward him".

Yesterday, he said, Cummins and Elizabeth helped him fish rocks out of the creek.

-- 2:10 p.m. The school district of a missing Tennessee student who was found with her teacher in California says it is continuing its efforts to better respond to accusations of misconduct at school.

  • Leroy Wright