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Authorities: Tennessee student, teacher found in Siskiyou County

22 April 2017

Not surprisingly, when Cummins was finally captured on Thursday morning, he and Thomas were in a remote cabin in northern California, some two hours away from the nearest police station. When Cummins went outside, investigators were there to arrest him, O'Hare said.

The family plans to address the media after they are reunited with Elizabeth Thomas.

The two spent at least one night in the cabin, police say.

Siskiyou County Sheriff's spokeswoman Kelly Giordano did not immediately return a call for comment.

Barry said the pair told him their names were John and Joanna and they needed money for food, gas and a place to stay, ABC News Good Morning America reported Friday (

Tad Cummins, 50, is headed to Sacramento and his court hearing is expected Monday, according NBC News correspondent Joe Fryer.

"He was saying he was from Colorado".

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Barry said he paid to fuel up their auto, gave them an extra $40 in cash and set them up in the cabin on the property.

After Barry's tip, Cummins and Thomas were apprehended early Thursday. Barry offered them the cabin after Cummins told him that they were at the Black Bear Ranch commune, but didn't like it there.

Cummins is being held without bond at the Siskiyou County Jail, police confirmed.

When Cummins exited the cabin around 9:30 a.m. local time, he surrendered without incident and was taken into custody. The pictures were from a week before Cummins and Elizabeth disappeared, and they showed him wearing a camouflage cap and pushing a shopping cart at a store.

Attorney Jason Whatley said in a press release that the girl is in a safe location with family and friends. "Now begins another hard chapter, but for now, we celebrate". The Maury County Public Schools Facebook post comes in the wake of complaints from the girl's family that the school system did not respond properly after a student at the Culleoka Unit School reported seeing teacher Tad Cummins kissing the 15-year-old student.

A teacher in the USA took guns, money and his wife's auto before kidnapping a 15-year-old female student and taking her on a 4000km journey that ended on Thursday, court records show.

After that, the trail appears to have gone cold. However after his arrest, he was charged with transportation of a minor across state lines to have sexual intercourse - a federal crime. The charge carries a minimum 10-year sentence.

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Cummins, who faces charges of aggravated kidnapping and sexual contact with a minor, went missing with Thomas on March 13, prompting authorities to issue AMBER alerts for the girl in Tennessee and Alabama.

Authorities say the girl is apparently healthy and unharmed.

"Very happy, very happy", he said. "The two obviously have a relationship, and her response to us kind of escalated up and down". The student said that Cummins rambled on about how much he loved his wife and mentioned that Elizabeth Thomas sometimes went to church with his family since she allegedly had a troubled past.

The TBI originally said the pair was found at a commune in Cecilville and later said it was a rural cabin. "She has not spoken to Tad".

Jill Cummins returned home that evening and found a note from her husband that explained he was making a trip to Virginia Beach or the D.C. area to clear his head.

The nationwide manhunt came to an end Thursday morning, not far from the Shasta Trinity National Forest.

"She is excited that they were found and nobody was hurt", Cox said.

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