Authorities locate Tennessee teen and teacher

Alvin Kelly
April 21, 2017

The agency said it would provide more details in a press conference later. If convicted of the federal charge, he faces at least 10 years in prison, acting U.S. Attorney Jack Smith said.

Prior to his capture, a warrant had been issued for Cummins' arrest on charges of aggravated kidnapping and sexual contact with a minor. Cummins is arrested without incident and Thomas is safe, authorities say.

Barry said he hardly had any interaction with the teenager, saying "she looked depressed". She went "willingly" because Tad had her brainwashed and her state of mind was altered. "We don't know what the situation is yet".

The cabin's caretaker alerted law enforcement to their presence and helped them hatch a plan to draw Cummins from the residence unarmed and without Thomas, the cabin's owner told CNN. When the pair came back, about a week later, Barry offered Cummins work. "The efforts of the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, Maury County Sheriff's Office, nationwide law enforcement community and media outlets promoting awareness of this case have brought us to this safe conclusion, and Maury County Public Schools wants to thank these many professionals for the good news today".

"As we have said from the start, it only takes one tip", Gwyn said.

Summary: The former teacher and his student that went missing 5 weeks ago were found hiding out in a cabin in northern California. It is a remote area more than half covered by national forests and state lands on the California-Oregon state line.

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The Nissan Rogue the two were travelling in was also located Thursday with the license plate removed.

She described the way her little sister was found in a remote town on the West Coast.

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At daylight they arrested Cummins and rescued Elizabeth. Updates about the search become more and more infrequent from this point.

"It only takes one tip", Gwyn said.

Elizabeth reportedly expressed to investigators that her mother, Kimberly Thomas, "banged her head into the agitator of the washing machine" and "threw her down the basement stairs and locked her down there", according to the station.

The teen and Cummins - a 50-year-old from Middle Tennessee - had been missing since March 13, when an Amber Alert was issued.

"This just feels like our prayers have been answered, and the lost sheep is home".

"Jill will attempt to move forward with her life", attorney Michael Cox said in a statement provided to ABC News on March 31.

March 17, 2017: Tad Cummins' wife, Jill, speaks for the first time and pleads for her husband to "do the right thing".

"I will let the courts deal with the ramifications of what happened here."

A suspected kidnapping like this is a rarity in Columbia, said Mayor Dean Dickey. He said he would return and told his wife not to call police. "But as soon as she is ready to get help, we will offer it". "Tad is going to have happen whatever the Federal Bureau of Investigation chooses".

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