Tad Cummins arrested, Elizabeth Thomas found safe in northern California – The Tennessean

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SEARCH CONTINUES FOR MISSING TEENSearch for Elizabeth Thomas Has Ended | 0:56

The search for a missing 15-year-old Tennessee girl ended Thursday after she was located in northern California, authorities said.
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SEARCH CONTINUES FOR MISSING TEENElizabeth Thomas’ dad: Tad Cummins, turn yourself in | 0:22

Anthony Thomas pleads to Tad Cummins to turn himself in. Cummins is accused of kidnapping his daughter in March.
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SEARCH CONTINUES FOR MISSING TEENElizabeth Thomas’ dad has a message for his daughter | 0:20

Anthony Thomas pleads to his missing 15-year-old daughter Elizabeth Thomas to come home.

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TBI released new footage of the pair in Oklahoma
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There are 74 children who have been reported as missing in Tennessee, records show. Of those, 26 are featured on the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation website, including some who disappeared nearly four decades ago.
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During a press conference, TBI pleads with viewers to help find 15-year-old Elizabeth Thomas and stress the severity of the crime.
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During a press conference, TBI pleads with viewers to help find 15-year-old Elizabeth Thomas and stress the severity of the crime.
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SEARCH CONTINUES FOR MISSING TEENAuthorities request public’s help in finding missing teen | 0:38

During a press conference, TBI and authorities pleads with viewers to help find 15-year-old Elizabeth Thomas and stress the severity of the crime.
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SEARCH CONTINUES FOR MISSING TEENTBI gives update on Elizabeth Thomas disappearance | 1:19

Tennessee Bureau of Investigation gives an update on the Amber Alert issued for Columbia teen Elizabeth Thomas.
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Officials with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation on Monday released new photographs and surveillance videos of the man accused of kidnapping a 15-year-old Columbia, Tenn., girl.
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SEARCH CONTINUES FOR MISSING TEENTBI holds news conference on Amber Alert investigation | 11:12

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation held a news conference on Monday, March 20, 2017, to provide the latest updates on the Amber Alert investigation for 15-year-old Elizabeth Thomas. Thomas has been missing since March 14.
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TBI’s Josh Devine provides update on missing Columbia teen.
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Former Middle Tennessee teacher Tad Cummins has been arrested in northern California and Elizabeth Thomas, the girl he kidnapped, is safe, according to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation.

Just before noon, the TBI tweeted Cummins had been arrested and that more details would come soon.

Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Offices spokeswoman Kelly Giordano said earlier Thursday that Cummins’ vehicle was found in their jurisdiction Wednesday night.

She would not say specifically where but confirmed her agency was “currently working an active incident regarding the kidnapping.”

Siskiyou County is a remote area near the Shasta-Trinity National Forest, about 120 miles south of the California-Oregon state line.

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Authorities issued an Amber Alert for Thomas of Columbia, Tenn. after her parents reported her missing March 13.

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Cummins was wanted by authorities on charges including aggravated kidnapping.

Cummins was Elizabeth’s 50-year-old high-school teacher at Culleoka Unit School in Maury County, Tenn. He has since been fired.

A warrant was issued for Cummins’ arrest after TBI suggested he “may have been abusing his role as a teacher to groom this vulnerable young girl for some time in an effort to lure and potentially sexually exploit her.”

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

Reach Natalie Neysa Alund at 615-259-8072 and follow her on Twitter @nataliealund.

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