After an Amber Alert that lasted over a month, Tad Cummins has been arrested and Elizabeth Thomas has been safely recovered in California.
Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Offices spokeswoman Kelly Giordano said Cummins’ vehicle was found Wednesday night. While she would not reveal where exactly the car was found, she did say “We are currently working an active incident regarding the kidnapping.”
The owner of the property where they were found said his caretaker called him at about 9:30 P.M. and said the man, Cummins, came to a nearby bar he owned and asked for work.
The vehicle used by Cummins was found in northern California late Wednesday night, according to Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Kelly Giordano. The spokeswoman also said the license plate had been removed from the car, which was confirmed to belong to Cummins through the VIN number.
Siskiyou County is one of the northernmost counties that borders the state of Oregon. Cummins, 55, is accused of kidnapping Thomas, 15, on March 13 in Columbia, Tennessee.
Cummins, 50, and Thomas, 15, had been on the run since Monday, March 13. The married teacher took out a $4,500 loan and filled his car with gas before vanishing with the 15-year-old. Cummins and Thomas left town after they were caught kissing. A spokesperson for the Maury County Public Schools said Cummins was suspended from teaching last month and was fired on Tuesday, March 14.
Cummins now faces charges of aggravated kidnapping, having sexual contact with a minor, and others.
The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation is planning for an afternoon at TBI Headquarters in Nashville at 3:00 P.M. Central.
Ambers Alerts were issued in Tennessee and Alabama on Tuesday, March 14 for Mary Catherine ‘Elizabeth’ Thomas and Tad Cummins. 50-year-old Cummins, a former health science teacher from Tennessee, was believed to be armed with two handguns as he was on the run with a student who he was caught kissing. Investigators said Cummins secured a $4,500 title loan for a personal vehicle several days before his disappearance.
On Thursday, April 20, Cummins was captured and arrested in Siskiyou County, California. Siskiyou County is one of the northernmost counties that borders the state of Oregon.
He is now facing charges of having sexual contact with a minor.
Who Is Tad Cummins?
Tad Cummins, born July 1, 1966, is a Tennessee teacher fled the state after he was discovered to be having a relationship with his 15-year-old student, Elizabeth Thomas. After an Amber Alert that lasted over a month, Cummins was arrested and Thomas was found in the northern California county of Siskiyou.
Where Is Siskiyou County?
Siskiyou County is one of the most northern counties in the state of California. Near the Shasta-Trinity National Forest, Siskiyou County is about 120 miles south of the California-Oregon state line.
Cummins and Thomas were found about 2,500 miles from where they were last seen in Tennessee.