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Tennessee Teacher Tad Cummins Arrested in Northern California for Kidnapping

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The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation tweeted that Tad Cummins, 50,  was arrested in Northern California on April 20, 2017. The teacher was placed on the Tennessee Most Wanted list for the kidnapping of his 15-year-old student Elizabeth Thomas.

According to CNN, Cummins took Thomas from their small town Culleoka, Tennessee on March 13, after a student had seen the two kissing in a classroom. On March 15, a surveillance video was released showing Cummins and Thomas at a Walmart in Oklahoma City. Unfortunately, the trail went cold leaving law enforcement scrambling to find other leads.

Spokeswoman Kelly Giordano, Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Offices, said that Cummins’ vehicle was found Wednesday night April 19, in their jurisdiction. However, she would not say where, but in a statement, Giordano said the agency was, “currently working an active incident regarding the kidnapping.”

Siskiyou County is an isolated area close to the Shasta-Trinity National Forest, which is 120 miles south of the California-Oregon state line.

Cummins, a high school teacher at Culleoka Unit School in Maury County, Tenn., is facing charges of aggravated kidnapping and sexual contact with a minor. A press conference is set for 3:00 p.m. EST in Nashville, Tennessee.

Written by Tracy Blake

Sources:

CNN: Tennessee teacher suspected in kidnapping arrested in northern California
The Leaf-Chronicle: Tad Cummins arrested, Elizabeth Thomas found safe in northern California

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