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Father of Tennessee girl says he is overjoyed

21 April 2017

Bozeman also said the family is thankful for everyone's help, "everyone sharing that auto and sharing her face because that's what brought her home". "What happened in California this morning, however, proves it only takes one person to lead to a successful end". "Now begins another hard chapter, but for now, we celebrate".

Thomas was found "healthy and unharmed", TBI Director Mark Gwyn said.

TBI spokesperson Josh DeVine said Thomas and her former high school teacher were found in a cabin in a remote area with little or no cell service. Siskiyou County is a remote area with several national forests on the California-Oregon state line.

After the capture, one federal charge of transportation of a minor across state lines for the objective of having criminal sexual intercourse was filed against Cummins, said Jack Smith, acting U.S. attorney for the Middle District of Tennessee. He also said he was unaware what her reaction was when Cummins was arrested and that her recovery was a "huge success" for the state's AMBER Alert program.

A nationwide Amber Alert was issued for Elizabeth, and hundreds of tips came in from more than 20 states, including California. "It's awesome", the teen's sibling said.

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Authorities issued an Amber Alert for Thomas of Columbia, Tenn. after her parents reported her missing March 13. The wife, who works for the Maury County school system, said she had not seen her husband since March 13.

Cummins, a married father and grandfather, researched teen marriage online, specifically the age of consent, just eight days before he allegedly took Elizabeth.

"He searched what size mattress will fit in the back of a Nissan Rogue". TBI placed Cummins in Decatur, Alabama later that day.

January 23, 2017: A student allegedly caught Tad Cummins and Elizabeth Thomas kissing at Culleoka Unit School. "This is a case of kidnapping". But there had been no other credible sightings. The statement said the images captured showed Cummins had altered his hair to appear darker and the girl's hair may have changed to red.

Elizabeth gave Barry a different name, but otherwise didn't talk, Barry said.

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At the time, investigators were still trying to determine what vehicle they were traveling in.

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

Wednesday, April 12, 2017: A prosecutor asked pharmacy employees to be on the lookout for Cummins and Thomas.

Court records show that Jill Cummins sued her then-missing husband on the grounds of irreconcilable differences and inappropriate marital conduct.

"She is excited that they were found and nobody was hurt", Cox said.

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Father of Tennessee girl says he is overjoyed