Missing Tennessee Teen Found and Former Teacher Arrested in California
After being on the run in more than a month, former Tennessee teacher Tad Cummins, who was accused of kidnapping 15-year-old Elizabeth Thomas, was arrested in northern California Thursday, according to Tennessee Bureau of Investigation.
Officials said that Thomas, who was Cummin’s student, has been rescued and described her as “healthy” and “unharmed.”
Josh Devine, TBI public information officer, said the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation received a call to its tip line at around 11 p.m. Wednesday regarding a possible sighting of the pair. He also said that the Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office in California also got the same tip.
Investigators were able to identify the Nissan Rogue that was located in the area was Cummins’s via its VIN number. The car was under surveillance for several hours.
Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office authorities spotted the pair early Thursday morning at a cabin in the rural area in Cecilville in California. The deputies created a perimeter around the area as they waited until the morning to exit the residence before arresting him, said the sheriff’s department in a press release.
According to the TBI, Cummins surrendered without incident and Thomas was rescued by law enforcement officers. Moreover, two loaded handguns were seen in the cabin, according to the sheriff’s office.
Lawrence County Attorney General Brent Cooper said that Cummins will face charges of aggravated kidnapping and sexual contact with a minor.
Furthermore, The U.S. State Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Tennessee filed a federal charge of transportation of a minor across state lines with the intent of having criminal sexual intercourse, which is a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years, against Cummins said U.S. attorney Jack Smith.
Not only that, the sheriff office said that Cummins also faces charges in Siskiyou County for kidnapping and possession of stolen property. Currently, the charges are in pending review by Siskiyou County District Attorney Kirk Andrus.
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