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Tennessee Teacher And Student Subject Of Nationwide Manhunt Found

21 Avril 2017

Jack Smith, the acting USA attorney for the Middle District of Tennessee, said his office would add a federal charge against Cummins, for transportation of a minor across state lines with the goal of having criminal sexual intercourse.

When deputies arrived to the described area, they saw the silver Nissan Rogue, and found the kidnapper and his teenage victim, Elizabeth Thomas, in a remote cabin.

Former teacher Tad Cummins was reportedly arrested on April 20, and the teen girl he allegedly abducted, Elizabeth Thomas, was found safe! However, Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI) Director Mark Gwyn said the alleged relationship between the pair was not "romance" given that the teen is minor. Yet, from what they've learned so far, Cummins, 50, and Elizabeth Thomas, 15, were hiding out in a remote area in Blackbear Ranch, in Cecilville, California, near the OR state line. At one point, authorities believed Cummins may have taken the girl to Mexico, according to AL.com.

The TBI has been assisted in this search by a variety of law enforcement agencies across the country, including the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Maury County Sheriff's Department, and the Office of 22 District Attorney General Brent Cooper.

Then, nothing. After their disappearance, investigators said they had received hundreds of tips from 24 states, but not enough information to tighten the dragnet despite a multi-state manhunt and Cummins' addition to Tennessee's most wanted list.

One of Elizabeth's schoolmates reported seeing her and Cummins kiss in his classroom on January 23, according to a school district investigative report, but both denied the claim. "It may be a long road, but at least we've got her back now", he said.

Several US media outlets said the pair were staying at a commune called Black Bear Ranch, which was featured in a 2005 documentary titled Commune.

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Cummins is a former teacher from Thomas' school.

The teacher would later be reprimanded February 3 by school principal Penny Love after the girl was seen in Cummins' classroom for a little more than half an hour that day. Thankfully, she was found safe after her parents reported her missing! He was suspended for his interactions at school with the student.

Authorities issued an Amber Alert for Elizabeth of Columbia, Tenn., after her parents reported her missing March 13. She is federal custody and arrangements are being made for her return home as soon as Friday. The statement said the images captured showed Cummins had altered his hair to appear darker and the girl's hair may have changed to red.

"I had a photo of him that was the Amber Alert and I was like, that's definitely the guy, and then we saw the auto as well and it matched up". The only confirmed sighting of the pair came March 15, when they were caught on tape at a Walmart in Oklahoma City. He also left his two children.

"She would come to him about her problems with her past", Jill Cummins said. Jill has filed for divorce, saying she was betrayed by her husband and has no idea why he did what he did or went to California.

March 23, 2017: Thomas' family releases a letter through their attorney thanking the Maury County community for their support.

"We just want Mary Katherine [Elizabeth] home, that's all we care about".