Missing Maury teacher, student located in California

Missing Maury teacher, student located in California

Missing Maury teacher, student located in California

A 15-year-old Tennessee girl was rescued near a cabin in a remote part of northern California on Thursday, more than a month after her 50-year-old teacher kidnapped her and set off a nationwide manhunt, authorities 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.

"We're so happy that California police worked quickly and were able to find them and get her safe", one of the girl's sisters told The Tennessean.

On Thursday morning, deputies found Elizabeth and arrested Cummins.

"There aren't words in the English language to describe the level of relief and elation experienced by the Thomas family", said Jason Whatley, the attorney for the girl's family.

It is more than 2,400 miles from Culleoka, Tenn., to Salmon River, a drive of around 39 hours going through Oklahoma.

Acting U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Tennessee Jack Smith said Cummins is being charged federally with transportation of a minor across state lines for sexual intercourse.

Jill Cummins, who has publicly pleaded with her husband, Tad Cummins, to bring the Columbia, Tenn. girl home, filed the documents in Maury County Chancery Court Friday citing irreconcilable differences and inappropriate marital conduct.

The nationwide search for 15-year-old Thomas and ex-teacher Cummins came to an end when Siskiyou County, California sheriff's deputies found the two at a secluded cabin near the OR state border early this morning.

The pair went to the commune but returned to the gas station this week, with Cummins explaining they didn't get along with people at the commune, Barry said.

Cummins' vehicle was recovered on Wednesday night in Siskiyou County, about three hours northwest of Redding, California, near the Shasta-Trinity National Forest, according to the Siskiyou County Sheriff's Office.

There is limited or no cellphone service in the area, and authorities had a hard time getting to the cabin because of snow that's on the ground, Devine said.

Eventually Barry found out Cummins was wanted for allegedly kidnapping Thomas more than a month before. Authorities are working to reunite the girl with her family, who lives in Columbia, Tennessee.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017: Elizabeth Thomas' brother James Thomas said he believed she was taken against her will.

Tuesday, March 14: The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation issued an Amber Alert for Thomas and Cummins.

"I would like to commend the citizens that played a role in bringing Mr. Cummins' activities to our attention, which led to a response by members of the Siskiyou County Sheriff's Office".

The girl was apparently healthy and unharmed, but authorities say their main concern is her emotional and mental state.

Cummins was sacked from his job amid an investigation into alleged inappropriate contact with Thomas. The teen became the subject of an AMBER Alert and search. Surveillance video from a gas station in Alabama later that day appeared to show Cummins.

The teacher's wife of 31 years has filed for divorce.

He and the teen, who changed her Instagram profile to say "wife" and posted about needing her "beast", were seen two days after their disappearance at a Walmart in Oklahoma, with no confirmed sightings since. The couple has two children together.

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