Missing Tennessee student found with teacher in California

15-year-old Elizabeth Thomas was found safe after she disappeared with her teacher Tad Cummins

It came from a caller who told investigators that the 50-year-old Cummins and the teenager he is accused of abducting might be living in a remote cabin near Cecilville, California, a onetime mining town about 100 miles from the OR border.

Tad disappeared with Elizabeth, his student at Culleoka Unit School in Maury County, Tennessee, on March 13.

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation says health sciences teacher Tad Cummins surrendered to sheriff's deputies Thursday without incident in Cecilville, California.

Central Wednesday night from a California resident who said he believed he saw Thomas and Cummins and had information they had taken up residence in cabin in Cecilville over the last week and a half. They were last spotted by a Walmart surveillance camera in Oklahoma City on March 15, two days after they disappeared from Columbia, Tenn., almost 700 miles away. As the investigation continues, investigators say they learn Cummins researched teen marriage and whether law enforcement could track his vehicle.

Jill Cummins said she wants Elizabeth Thomas home "as much as the rest of you, but I'm also very anxious about Tad". He is also facing a federal charge and a charge in California.

"We have no motive at this point in the investigation", police Capt. Mary Warnecke said. "When you do that, something good is going to happen because you can't hide from millions of people".

Cummins' wife, Jill files for divorce, alleging irreconcilable differences have arisen and exist between her and her husband. "Her mood was very alternating", he said. Elizabeth's brother, James, has said that before his sister disappeared she told another sibling to call police if she didn't come home by 6 p.m. on March 13.

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Jack Smith, the acting USA attorney for the Middle District of Tennessee, said his office would add a federal charge against Cummins, for transportation of a minor across state lines with the goal of having criminal sexual intercourse. Thomas' father, Anthony, said.

Authorities have been searching for the pair since March, when an Amber Alert was issued. He was formally fired after vanishing and being charged by the state with aggravated kidnapping and sexual contact with a minor.

"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", she added.

In the interview with ABC, Barry said he didn't talk to the pair much but he noticed Cummins tried to "keep her away".

Court papers filed recently in the girl's disappearance said she was afraid of the teacher and thought she would face repercussions at school if she resisted him. The agency said it would provide more details in a press conference later.

"Thanks go to all who have kept the message of finding Elizabeth Thomas and working on her safe return as top-of-mind throughout the nation", it said.

An attorney for the girl's family says she will be reunited with her family in Tennessee on Friday. He also left his two children. "No matter where you are, Daddy, no matter what you've done, we just want you to come home".

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