Father of Tennessee Girl Says He is Overjoyed


"I'm glad this is over", 50-year-old Tad Cummins said after his arrest, according to Siskiyou County sheriff's Sgt. Mike Gilley.

On March 13, Cummins told his wife he needed to borrow her Nissan Rogue to go for a job interview at the Williamson County Medical Center.

Elizabeth Thomas was allegedly abducted from Culleoka, Tennessee by her 50-year-old teacher Tad Cummins on March 13.

An acting USA attorney in Tennessee says the teacher who is accused of kidnapping his 15-year-old student has been charged with taking a minor across state lines to have sex.

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation confirmed on Thursday afternoon that Cummins was arrested and Elizabeth was safe. "We are lucky and we are grateful that she will be retuning home looking forward to having her back in the county".

Thursday, April 20, 2017: Authorities found Thomas safe in northern California.

The friend told him something didn't seem right, O'Hare said.

After a nationwide manhunt located the missing teen, her sister said she had a feeling that she would be found in that type of living situation.

"Our intelligence analysts and agents have worked tirelessly since issuing this Amber Alert to process more than 1,500 leads from all 50 states", Tennessee Bureau of Investigation Director Mark Gwyn said in a statement Thursday.

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The Maury County Public Schools Facebook post comes in the wake of complaints from the girl's family that the school system did not respond properly after a student at the Culleoka Unit School reported seeing teacher Tad Cummins kissing the 15-year-old student.

Her dad said, "We are going to get her back".

The owner of the property where they were found said his caretaker called him about 9:30 p.m. and said the man came to a nearby saloon he owned and asked for work.

The family's lawyer Jason Whatley said Elizabeth's parents and siblings were immensely relieved by the news.

Fact: Law enforcement officials have never said or alluded to the fact that the 15-year-old may be pregnant.

March 15 - Cummins and Thomas were captured on surveillance video at a Walmart in Oklahoma City. Cooper didn't provide details on what was in the note, but said it appeared to have been a diversion to throw investigators off the trail.

Court papers filed recently in the girl's disappearance say she was afraid of the teacher and thought she would face repercussions at school if she resisted him.

Cummins' wife later returned home to discover a note from her husband, in which he said he was heading to Virginia Beach or Washington to "clear his head".