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Tennessee student found safe, teacher arrested in California

In this undated file photo released by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigations shows Tad Cummins in Tennessee. Authorities said a 15-year-old Tennessee girl who disappeared with Cummins, who was her teacher, last month has been found safe in California and the teacher has been arrested. THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
By MIKE CHRISTEN / mchristen@c-dh.net
Posted: Apr. 20, 2017 1:37 pm Updated: Apr. 20, 2017 6:08 pm

UPDATE: 5:38 P.M. EASTERN:

 

The FBI has custody of 15-year-old Elizabeth Thomas, the Thomas family attorney said Thursday afternoon.

 

The family expects her to come home Friday, lawyer Jason Whatley told The (Columbia, Tenn.) Daily Herald.

 

The Culleoka Unit School freshman was found safe Thursday morning in Cecilville, Calif, a remote community three hours south of the California-Oregon border and five hours north of Sacramento.

 

The Thomas family was waiting to hear from Elizabeth by telephone, Whatley said in a news conference outside his office on the Maury County, Tenn., square.

 

UPDATE 4:15 P.M. EASTERN:

 

Tad Cummins was taken into custody and Elizabeth Thomas found safe at daylight this morning after law enforcement received tips late Wednesday night about their whereabouts.

 

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation said the two were found in a cabin in a remote area of northern Californian in the community of Cecilville.

 

“She soon will be on her way back home,” TBI Director Mark Gwyn said at a news conference this afternoon. “Tad Cummings faces charges that possibly will keep him behind bars for many years.”

 

The tips began to come in late Wednesday night, the TBI said.

 

The Siskiyou County, Calif., sheriff received the same tips, the TBI said.

 

 

 

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TEEN'S FAMILY 'ABSOLUTELY ELATED' VIA THE COLUMBIA (TN.) DAILY HERALD

 

LATEST UPDATES FROM THE ARREST VIA THE SISKIYOU (CALIF.) DAILY NEWS

 

NO BOND: CUMMINS WILL REMAIN IN JAIL AFTER ARREST VIA THE COLUMBIA (TN.) DAILY HERALD

 

'WONDERFUL NEWS:' MAURY COUNTY SCHOOLS REACT

 

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Cecilville residents reported seeing Cummins’ vehicle, a 2015 Nissan Rogue, around the community without a license plate.

 

Cummins faces charges of aggravated kidnapping and sexual exploitation of a minor.

 

Cummins now faces federal charges of taking a minor across state lines, the U.S. attorney’s office said.

 

“At this time, we know she is healthy and unharmed,” District Attorney Brent Cooper said.

 


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