Teacher faces federal charge in student case

Tad Cummins was arrested after the pair were located in California

After five weeks on the run, a Tennessee teacher who kidnapped and fled with his 15-year-old student was arrested Thursday deep in the mountains of northern California, authorities said.

Court papers filed recently in Elizabeth's disappearance said she was afraid of Cummins and thought she would face repercussions at school if she resisted him, according to the Associated Press.

The break came when someone encountered Cummins in Siskiyou County, more than 2,000 miles from Culleoka, and called the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation tip line.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017: Siskiyou County Sheriff's Office spokesperson Kelly Giordano said authorities found Cummins' Nissan Rogue.

The attorney for the Thomas family sang the praises of law enforcement Thursday, expressing how unbelievably elated they all are.

Investigators found out that Cummins booked rooms at Super 8 motels in Oklahoma City and in Guymon, Oklahoma, in March.

A TBI plane is supposed to fly the girl back home. Snipers surrounded the cabin as Cummins exited the cabin and was taken into custody.

Cummins appeared to have darkened his hair and Thomas may now have red hair.

Cummins' wife later returned home to discover a note from her husband, in which he said he was heading to Virginia Beach or Washington to "clear his head".

At this point in the investigation the TBI has received more than 1,300 tips from almost every state in the country.

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Cummings was Elizabeth's 50-year-old high-school teacher at Culleoka Unit School in Maury County, Tenn.

The main concern is for her emotional well-being, TBI Director Mark Gwyn said.

A northern California man said his property caretaker and a quick-thinking neighbor hatched a plan to keep Tad Cummins and Elizabeth Thomas in their sights after the duo showed up on his property.

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

In the note Cummins indicated he had a job interview.

Cummins and Thomas went back to the property Barry tends and he said they could stay in his cabin if they agreed to work on the property.

The DA also indicated that Cummins is on medicine to control his blood pressure and should be in need of a refill.

The 50-year-old already faced one count of kidnapping in the case, which has since been upgraded to aggravated kidnapping.

March 25 - TBI said more than 1,000 tips had come in, but there were still no credible sightings. "Jill continues to pray for the safe return of Elizabeth Thomas and for a peaceful resolution to this ordeal".

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