On April 20 police arrested kidnapping suspect Tad Cummins, 50, the former teacher wanted for the March abduction of Elizabeth Thomas, 15, a student of his at Culleoka Unit School outside Nashville. He was found in a remote cabin near Cecilville, in Siskiyou County,California, after the police received a tip late Wednesday.
“The area where the pair was reported to be is a very remote, isolated area with no or limited cellphone services,” the spokesman of Tennessee Bureau of Investigation told to media. Two loaded handguns, a 9 mm pistol and a Ruger .380 , were found in the cabin. Elizabeth Thomas was recovered without incidents. She was scheduled to fly back to Tennessee in a TBI aircraft to be reunited with her family. We’re also grateful for the public’s support and vigilance throughout this search effort,” TBI Director Mark Gwyn said. Cummins will be charged with sexual contact with a minor and aggravated kidnapping, with a possibly minimum 10 year sentence. Maury County Public Schools issued a statement Thursday calling Elizabeth’s return “wonderful news for our community.”
The teen and Cummins had been missing since March 13. Investigators said they had received hundreds of tips from 24 states, but not enough information until now. Cummins is now in custody in a California jail without bond, awaiting extradition to Tennessee.