Authorities: Tennessee student, teacher found in California

Tad Cummins' mugshot on the front page of the Daily Herald in Columbia Tenn

The father of a 15-year-old girl who was found with a teacher after being missing for more than a month has said he believes she was brainwashed. He was suspended for his interactions at school with the student.

The pair disappeared as a police investigation into their relationship was heating up.

January 31, 2017: The school is notified Cummins is under criminal investigation.

Maury County Schools, where Cummins taught until he was sacked the day after he disappeared with Thomas, released a statement on the conclusion of the case.

Deputies monitored the vehicle and took Cummins into custody as daylight broke, said DeVine. She was the subject of a nation-wide search since March 14. The tip came in to the TBI at 11 p.m. CST on Wednesday night. Cummins was also terminated from MCPS. He began working at the school in 2011.

Interim U.S. Attorney Jack Smith said during a TBI briefing on the case that Cummins has been officially charged by his office with one count of interstate transportation of a minor for the objective of sexual intercourse.

Elizabeth gave Barry a different name, but otherwise didn't talk, Barry said. The FBI was also called in to help with the search. "She has not spoken to Tad".

Mr Cummins was placed on Tennessee's "10 most wanted" list after a nationwide manhunt to find him. We are going to get her back.

"We're happy, we're beyond ecstatic that she's finally home". The teen's brother urges the public to keep sharing his sister's photo.

Cummins and Elizabeth had last been seen in Columbia, Tenn., on March 13. A spokesperson for the sheriff's office in Siskiyou County, ...

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March 23 - Thomas' family released a statement.

While Cummins was on the run, his wife, Jill Cummins, filed for divorce. They bought food items with cash.

The surveillance images showed Cummins "with an altered appearance to darken his hair" and indicated that "Elizabeth may now have red hair", according to the TBI.

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation tweeted Thursday that teacher Tad Cummins had been taken into custody. "We all need you home".

TBI stressed how this case truly shows just how one tip can make a difference.

Authorities have not said what charges the 50-year-old health sciences teacher may face.

The main concern is for her emotional well-being, TBI Director Mark Gwyn said. "I think at some point we'll have a good outcome of this case as a lot of them that we do", he said.

In the note Cummins indicated he had a job interview.

Thomas' brother pleads for her safe return.

Cummins told O'Hare's friend that he was 44 years old, the young woman with him was 22 and they were recently married. Cooper didn't provide details on what was in the note, but said it appeared to have been a diversion to throw investigators off the trail.

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