WASHINGTON – After five weeks on the run, a Tennessee teacher who fled with a 15-year-old female student has been arrested in northern California, authorities said Thursday.
The student, Elizabeth Thomas, was found safe, the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation tweeted Thursday.
Tad Cummins, 50, fled with Elizabeth from Culleoka, Tenn., on March 13 – a few weeks after another student reported seeing them kissing in a classroom.
Elizabeth has not been able to speak with her family yet because she is a very remote location, said her family’s attorney, Jason Whatley said.
“There aren’t words in the English language to describe the level of relief and elation experienced by the Thomas family,” Whatley said. “Now begins another hard chapter, but for now, we celebrate.”
Authorities released surveillance video from March 15 that showed the pair at a Walmart in Oklahoma City.
Cummins faces charges of sexual contact with a minor and aggravated kidnapping, the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation said last month.
While Cummins was on the run, his wife, Jill Cummins, filed for divorce.
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— TBI (@TBInvestigation) April 20, 2017
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