Crime Missing Tennessee girl found, teacher arrested after month-long search

22:51  20 april  2017
22:51  20 april  2017 Source:   USA TODAY

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Elizabeth Thomas, 15, was last seen March 13, 2017. Authorities believe her teacher Tad Cummins, 50, kidnapped her from Maury County, Tenn. (Photo: Tennessee Bureau of Investigation). 371 CONNECTTWEET LINKEDIN 4 COMMENTEMAILMORE.

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Missing Tennessee Teen FOUND , Twisted Teacher ARRESTED ! Missing girl Elizabeth Thomas, 15, and her 50-year-old Tennessee teacher , Tad Cummins, have been found after suddenly vanishing last month , the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation announced Thursday.

A former high school teacher wanted in connection with the disappearance of a Tennessee teen has been arrested in northern California and the girl he kidnapped has been found safe, the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation said Thursday.

The agency tweeted just before noon that Tad Cummins had been arrested and Elizabeth Thomas had been safely recovered.  A press release says the pair was found at a commune. A 4 p.m. ET press conference is scheduled in Nashville, the bureau later tweeted.

The duo has been sought since March, when an Amber Alert was issued. Cummins was Elizabeth's 50-year-old high-school teacher at Culleoka Unit School in Maury County, Tenn.

“Our intelligence analysts and agents have worked tirelessly since issuing this AMBER Alert to process more than 1,500 leads from all 50 states,” TBI Director Mark Gwyn said in a statement. “What happened in California this morning, however, proves it only takes one person to lead to a successful end. We are extremely thankful the hard work of all partners in this search has paid off. We’re also grateful for the public’s support and vigilance throughout this search effort.”

Missing Tenn. teen's father: I think my daughter was brainwashed

  Missing Tenn. teen's father: I think my daughter was brainwashed The father of a Tennessee teenager found in northern California this week with her 50-year-old former teacher after being missing for nearly six weeks says he thinks his daughter was brainwashed. Anthony Thomas, the father of 15-year-old Elizabeth Thomas who was at the center of a more than month-long nationwide AMBER Alert, told ABC's Good Morning America on Friday that his daughter will need therapy and that her family plans to get her any help she needs.

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Cummins is in custody in a California jail without bond, awaiting extradition to Tennessee to face charges of sexual contact with a minor and aggravated kidnapping, according to TBI.

Siskiyou County Sheriff's Offices spokeswoman Kelly Giordano said earlier Thursday that Cummins' vehicle was found in their jurisdiction Wednesday night. The county is in a remote area near the Shasta-Trinity National Forest, about three hours northwest of Redding, Ca.

Authorities issued an Amber Alert for Thomas of Columbia, Tenn., after her parents reported her missing March 13.

Rep. Sheila Butt, a Republican state lawmaker who represents Columbia, said Thursday was a great day for her community.

“When something like this happens, a community gets together and feels like this is one of our children,” Butt said. “This just feels like our prayers have been answered, and the lost sheep is home.”

Court documents: Mother had abused teen in kidnapping case

  Court documents: Mother had abused teen in kidnapping case A 15-year-old Tennessee girl who authorities say was kidnapped by her teacher had endured months of abuse at the hands of her mother, according to court documents, making her particularly vulnerable to an adult predator. The mother is scheduled to appear in court next month and has pleaded not guilty to five counts of abuse and neglect involving several of her children. The girl's father filed for divorce Monday, citing the alleged abuse. His daughter was found safe with her teacher last week at a cabin in a remote part of Northern California.The girl's father has said the 50-year-old teacher brainwashed his daughter.

Both the Tennessee teacher who is accused of kidnapping and grooming his 15-year-old student and the teenage girl has been found after a more than a month - long search . Tad Cummins and Elizabeth Thomas were found safe in northern California, according to authorities.

Missing Tennessee teenager Elizabeth Thomas has been found safe, and her former teacher Tad Cummins has been arrested in Northern California. BREAKING NEWS Tenn. teacher arrested after alleged kidnapping; teen girl found safe. Full Story.

She said she’s proud of her community, and is confident local officials will find a way to learn from this entire ordeal.

“I have known Tad Cummins over the years, and I think I could honestly tell you that I’m not surprised that she’s safe. I will let the courts deal with the ramifications of what happened here,” Butt said.

A suspected kidnapping like this is a rarity in Columbia, said Mayor Dean Dickey.

"The longer it carries on, you seem to expect the worst," Dickey said. "With the information that I have seen, and that is on Facebook, I’m glad to see that she is unharmed, as far as we know now. What happens to Tad will just have to come later."

A warrant was issued for Cummins' arrest after the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation suggested he "may have been abusing his role as a teacher to groom this vulnerable young girl for some time in an effort to lure and potentially sexually exploit her."

Elizabeth Thomas' father files for divorce .
Elizabeth Thomas' father files for divorceAccording to the filing, the couple have 10 children with four under age 18, including Elizabeth Thomas.

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