A former clergyman indicted of abduction a ‘troubled’ teen has been arrested in California

During a scarcely 6 weeks that Tad Cummins and 15-year-old Elizabeth Thomas were missing, a Tennessee Bureau of Investigation perceived some-more than 1,500 tips.


Late Wednesday night, a tip they were desperately anticipating for finally arrived.

It came from a tourist who told investigators that a 50-year-old Cummins and a teen he is indicted of abducting competence be vital in a remote cabin nearby Cecilville, Calif., a onetime mining city about 100 miles from a Oregon border.

Speaking to reporters during a news discussion Thursday afternoon, TBI orator Josh DeVine pronounced investigators fast concurrent with a Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office, that was means to locate a china Nissan Rogue belonging to Cummins and keep a automobile underneath notice for several hours.

“The area where a span was reported to be is a really remote, removed area with no or singular dungeon phone services,” DeVine said. “As illumination pennyless this morning, they were means to take Tad Cummins into control and safely redeem Elizabeth though incident.”

Authorities pronounced Elizabeth was physically unharmed, though they declined to criticism on her romantic contentment or where a span has been given they dead final month.

TBI Director Mark Gwyn pronounced Thomas will be flown behind to Tennessee in a TBI aircraft to be reunited with her family. At a same time, he noted, investigators from TBI, a FBI and a Maury County Sheriff’s Office are on their approach to northern California to continue their investigation.

Gwyn pronounced Cummins — who is being reason by a Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Department though bond — faces charges that “could keep him behind bars for many years.”

“What happened in California this morning, however, proves it usually takes one chairman to lead to a successful end,” he added. “We are intensely beholden a tough work of all partners in this hunt has paid off. We’re also beholden for a public’s support and commitment via this hunt effort.”

Once Cummins is extradited to Tennessee, he will be charged with passionate hit with a teenager and aggravated kidnapping, authorities said.

Acting U.S. Attorney Jack Smith pronounced his bureau had also filed a sovereign assign of travel of a teenager opposite state lines for rapist passionate retort — a assign that carries a smallest 10 year sentence.

Anthony Thomas, Elizabeth’s father, told NBC associate WSMV-TV that he wasn’t astounded him that they were in a northwest and pronounced he’d listened a span were in a commune.

“I’m only really happy,” he said. “She’s substantially going to be hungry.

“We’re going to have to figure out what state of mind she’s in, of course, and substantially get her some help. Maybe a prolonged road, though during slightest we’ve got her back.”

Maury County Public Schools also expelled matter on Thursday, job Elizabeth’s lapse “wonderful news for a community.”

“Thanks go to all who have kept a summary of anticipating Elizabeth Thomas and operative on her protected lapse as top-of-mind via a nation.”

The teen and Cummins — a 50-year-old from Middle Tennessee — had been blank given Mar 13, when an Amber Alert was issued. Cummins was Elizabeth’s high propagandize teacher at Culleoka Unit School.

“Investigative efforts have suggested a discouraging settlement of function by Tad Cummins, suggesting a 50-year-old competence have been abusing his purpose as a clergyman to husband this exposed immature lady for some time in an bid to captivate and potentially intimately feat her,” a group pronounced in a statewide Amber Alert.

“Having now been on a run for some-more than 5 days, Cummins competence have taken her, frankly, anywhere,” a group pronounced final month.

On Mar 13, video notice during a Columbia gas hire showed Cummins stuffing adult his china Nissan Rogue. A brief time later, investigators say, he gathering to a Shoney’s restaurant, where Elizabeth had been forsaken off by a crony and was waiting. Investigators pronounced they consider he manipulated her into withdrawal with him, but he wasn’t certified to take a minor, and she wasn’t aged adequate to consent. That afternoon, investigators say, they dynamic Elizabeth was 80 miles divided in Decatur, Ala.

Then, nothing. After their disappearance, investigators pronounced they had perceived hundreds of tips from 24 states, though not adequate information to tie a dragnet notwithstanding a multi-state manhunt and Cummins’s further to Tennessee’s most-wanted list.

In a news release, a TBI pronounced Cummins competence be gripping Elizabeth out of sight of authorities, presumably sleeping in his automobile or in a farming community.

Last month, a group expelled new images of Cummins in an bid to keep a box in a spotlight. The cinema were from a week before Cummins and Elizabeth disappeared, and they showed him wearing a deception top and pulling a selling transport during a store.

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