The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation tweeted that Tad Cummins, 50, was arrested in Northern California, on April 20, 2017. The teacher was placed on the Tennessee Most Wanted list for kidnapping of his 15-year-old student, Elizabeth Thomas.
According to CNN, Cummins took Thomas from their small town of Culleoka, Tennessee on March 13, after a student had seen the two kissing in a classroom. On March 15, a surveillance video was released showing Cummins and Thomas at a Walmart in Oklahoma City. Unfortunately, the trail went cold leaving law enforcement scrambling to find other leads.
Spokeswoman, Kelly Giordano, for the Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Offices, said that Cummins’ vehicle was found Wednesday night, April 19, in their jurisdiction. However, she would not say where, but in a statement, Giordano said the agency was “currently working an active incident regarding the kidnapping.”
Siskiyou County is an isolated area close to the Shasta-Trinity National Forest, located 120 miles south of the California-Oregon state line.
Cummins, a high school teacher at Culleoka Unit School in Maury County, Tenn., is facing charges of aggravated kidnapping and sexual contact with a minor. A press conference is set for 3:00 p.m. EST in Nashville, Tennessee.
Written by Tracy Blake
Edited by Jeanette Smith
CNN: Tennessee teacher suspected in kidnapping arrested in northern California
The Leaf-Chronicle: Tad Cummins arrested, Elizabeth Thomas found safe in northern California
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