Tennessee Amber Alert over: Tip leads authorities to Tad Cummins, Elizabeth Thomas in California

A inhabitant Amber Alert manhunt finished after investigators pronounced they got a tip final night that led them to a remote county in Northern California, where 50-year-old clergyman Tad Cummins and a 15-year-old lady he’s indicted of kidnapping, Elizabeth Thomas, had recently taken adult chateau in a cabin.

The tourist told internal officials a span had trafficked to a unequivocally rural, removed city called Cecilville with singular dungeon phone service. But a tourist had speckled their vehicle, that is what led internal military in Siskiyou County to them.

“We couldn’t be happier to tell we she will shortly by on her approach behind home. This morning, authorities followed adult on a tip from late final night and found Elizabeth. Tad is confronting a set of charges that could keep him behind bars for many years,” pronounced Mark Gwyn, executive of a Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, a group that released a Amber Alert over a month ago. “To a public, we can’t contend how grateful we are for all your tips, concerns and support.”

“We’re intensely pleased. We are over delighted,” pronounced Jason Whatley, a profession for Elizabeth Thomas’s family. Words can’t demonstrate a feelings that we have.”

Whatley pronounced a family is available a phone call from a TBI that will them in hold with Elizabeth. The teen is now in control of a FBI, and a family wants to pronounce to their daughter initial before they make any statements.


Officials pronounced they designed to offer any assistance to a teenage lady that they could, mentioning groups that support children who are victims of abuse.

“Agents are now drifting on TBI aircraft to get there as fast as probable and finally move Elizabeth home,” pronounced Gwyn. “She’ll be drifting home on TBI aircraft.” 

The girl’s family’s profession pronounced that he believes she will be flown behind home from California tomorrow. 


Cummins and Thomas left on Mar 13, sparking a cross-country manhunt done all a some-more formidable as Cummins apparently altered his coming and might have switched out a permit image on a car he was driving, according to reports. Court papers filed recently in a girl’s disappearance showed she was fearful of a clergyman and suspicion she would face repercussions during propagandize if she resisted him.

Investigators were flooded with over 1,500 tips from a open as a box gained inhabitant attention.

Cummins was dismissed from his pursuit amid an review into purported inapt hit with Thomas.

The father of a 15-year-old Tennessee lady who left with her clergyman some-more than a month ago says he is vivacious that his daughter has been found safe.

The father tells WSMV-TV that his daughter is substantially going to be inspired and that he can’t wait to tell her that he loves her. He pronounced Thursday he didn’t wish to speak about a clergyman who is indicted of abduction a girl.

The father says he is going to have to figure out what arrange of state of mind his daughter is in and that it might be a prolonged highway to recovery.

Jack Smith, behaving U.S. profession for a center district of Tennessee, pronounced his bureau filed sovereign charges opposite Cummins: transporting a teenager opposite state lines with purpose of carrying rapist passionate intercourse. The clergyman faces a probability of 10 years in jail just for that charge.

Police formerly pronounced they have warrants charging a clergyman with passionate hit with a teenager and aggravated kidnapping.

Court papers filed recently in a girl’s disappearance pronounced she was fearful of a clergyman and suspicion she would face repercussions during propagandize if she resisted him.

A counsel for a girl’s family has pronounced a clergyman was authorised to continue operative during a propagandize for dual weeks after he was reported kissing a girl. Attorney Jason Whatley has pronounced a propagandize complement contingency have not believed a student’s report.

The school’s inquisitive files supposing to The Associated Press by a profession uncover that both Cummins and a lady denied kissing. The teacher, however, concurred that a lady was “a unequivocally good crony and she does leave her other classes to come see him when she needs someone to ease her down,” according to a propagandize news antiquated Jan. 30.

The news endorsed that a lady be taken out of Cummins’ category and that he be reprimanded to defend his veteran responsibility. The news also endorsed that a administration guard Cummins’ classroom to make certain students weren’t there when they weren’t ostensible to be.

The clergyman would after be reprimanded on Feb. 3 by propagandize principal Penny Love after a lady was seen in Cummins classroom for a small some-more than half an hour that day. In her letter, Love pronounced a lady being in his classroom was a defilement of a principal’s sequence to him.

The propagandize complement didn’t postpone Cummins until Feb. 6. He was dismissed about a month after — a day after a Tennessee Bureau of Investigation released an Amber Alert about a teen.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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