The Cecilville cabin is located in Siskiyou County, the fifth-largest by area in California and is 10 times the size of Maury County.
When the authorities arrived at the spot where someone from Siskiyou County, California claimed that Cummins was living, they found a Nissan Rogue parked outside with VIN numbers matching the one registered to Cummins.
Rep. Sheila Butt, a Republican state lawmaker who represents Columbia, said Thursday was a great day for her community.
The school's investigative files provided to the AP by the attorney show that both Cummins and the girl denied kissing.
TBI said Thomas is healthy and unharmed, and now their main concern is how she is emotionally. "She's a young girl with a grown man", authorities said in a news conference... you can't hide from that many millions of people".
Cummins is in the custody of the Siskiyou County Sheriff's Department without bond awaiting extradition to Tennessee.
Acting on a tip received by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation late Wednesday evening, Siskiyou County authorities were able to rescue Thomas and arrest Cummins.
"What happened in California. proves it only takes one person to lead to a successful end". "We're also grateful for the public's support and vigilance throughout this search effort".
The U.S. State Attorney's Office for the Middle District of Tennessee also filed a federal charge of transportation of a minor across state lines with intent of having criminal sexual intercourse against Cummins, said U.S. attorney Jack Smith.
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"Jill continues to pray for the safe return of Elizabeth Thomas and for a peaceful resolution to this ordeal".
"Jill will attempt to move forward with her life", attorney Michael Cox said in a statement provided to ABC News on March 31. "She's probably going to be hungry". "Maybe a long road, but at least we've got her back".
The 15-year-old Tennessee girl disappeared 39 days ago.
Cummins was a teacher at Thomas's high school in Tennessee and was sacked for inappropriate behaviour with the freshman student after another pupil claimed to have seen the pair kissing.
Cummins and Thomas disappeared on March 13, sparking a cross-country manhunt made all the more hard as Cummins apparently changed his appearance and may have switched out the license plate on the vehicle he was driving, according to reports.
We learned that in the course of the investigation, a 12-year-old student caught Tad Cummins and Elizabeth Thomas engaged in a kiss on January 23.
The surveillance images showed Cummins "with an altered appearance to darken his hair" and indicated that "Elizabeth may now have red hair", according to the TBI. "I want to ask you just to do the right thing, and I'm not asking you to turn yourself in", Cooper said.
Investigators think he manipulated her into leaving with him, but he wasn't authorised to take a minor, and she wasn't old enough to consent.
"They're anxious, they're elated, they've got this mixture of feelings", Whatley said. Culleoka is a community about 60 miles (100 kilometers) south of Nashville near the Alabama state line.