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Lawyer: Kidnapped 15-year-old girl back home in Tennessee

22 April 2017

The day after his arrest in Northern California, new details are emerging about Cummins, 50, and how he evaded law enforcement during a nationwide manhunt that lasted more than five weeks after allegedly kidnapping Thomas, his 15-year-old student.

Cummins and the teenager, Elizabeth Thomas, have been missing since March 13 when the pair fled Culleoka (they were facing an investigation into their supposed sexual relationship after a fellow student claimed they saw them kissing in an empty classroom).

New information released in a criminal complaint filed against Tennessee kidnapping suspect Tad Cummins reveals he and 15-year-old Elizabeth Thomas stayed in Guymon, OK.

Authorities have surveillance video from a Walmart in Oklahoma City from March 15 showing the pair, and images of Cummins purchasing women's razors, chocolates and a "commonly used lubricant for sexual intercourse", according to the criminal complaint. The report went on to say Cummins even threatened her with "repercussions" at school in order for her to go out with him.

The Siskiyou County Sheriff's Office sent a tactical unit to the cabin Thursday morning.

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After investigators located a Nissan Rogue, they were able to confirm through its vehicle identification number that it belonged to Cummins.

After the capture, Cummins was charged with one federal count of transportation of a minor across state lines for the objective of criminal sexual intercourse, said Jack Smith, acting U.S. attorney for Middle District of Tennessee.

Cummins will be held in California until he is extradited to the state of Tennessee.

Upon his arrest, Cummin told police, "I'm glad this is over".

The money, along with two guns, toiletry items and clothes, were missing from the Cummins' home. There is no doubt that she has suffered severe emotional trauma and that her process of recovery is only just beginning.

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Court papers filed recently in the girl's disappearance said she was afraid of the teacher and thought she would face repercussions at school if she resisted him. Thomas was "apparently healthy and unharmed", according to Maury County, Tennessee district attorney Brent Cooper, who told reporters Thursday that their main concern was "how she is emotionally and mentally". The charge carries a minimum of 10 years.

"As we have said from the start, it only takes one tip", Gwyn said. "Everybody was hoping for the best, and the best is what we got".

That the break in the case came from a bystander nowhere near her hometown is notable, considering those in Elizabeth's own town of Culleoka had arguably failed to do their part to prevent the crime from happening in the first place. "Her mood was very alternating", Gilley said. "She has not spoken to Tad".

Jill Cummins also informed authorities about her husband's prescriptions. She had no idea why her husband went to northern California.

"What really should have been a clue that something was wrong was that he got so angry when that was shared with them", added LaughingWolf.

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March 29 - A Super 8 Motels employee called the TBI/FBI tip-line and said the motel's database said Cummins had stayed at a Super 8 location in Oklahoma City on March 15 and March 16.

Lawyer: Kidnapped 15-year-old girl back home in Tennessee