Missing 15-year-old Tennessee girl Elizabeth Thomas found safe

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After the capture, one federal charge of transportation of a minor across state lines for the goal of having criminal sexual intercourse was filed against Cummins, said Jack Smith, acting USA attorney for the Middle District of Tennessee.

U.S. Attorney Jack Smith said that a federal charge had been filed against Mr Cummins.

As daylight broke Thursday morning, deputies were able to take Cummins into custody without incident and safely recover Elizabeth Thomas, TBI spokesperson Josh DeVine said.

An acting US attorney in Tennessee says the teacher who is accused of kidnapping his 15-year-old student has been charged with taking a minor across state lines to have sex.

Cummins is in the custody of the Siskiyou County Sheriff's Department without bond awaiting extradition to Tennessee.

"This family is in the debt of the media and is so thankful beyond words", said attorney Jason Whatley, "and now their daughter, their sister is on her way home".

Police said Tad Cummins had researched teen marriage and the age of consent prior to his alleged kidnapping of Thomas.

Anthony said he believes that his daughter was brainwashed, and plans to take her to therapy in the future. The main concern is for her emotional well-being, Gwyn said.

"I feel a little amusing because there were all kinds of indications that there was something a little amusing going on never occurred to me that she was 15 year old, they said she was 22, I thought...yeah", said Peter LaughingWolf.

The school's investigative files provided to The Associated Press by the attorney show that both Cummins and the girl denied kissing.

"The news of Elizabeth Thomas' safe return is wonderful news for our community, and now, we can begin healing as a community, school district and as families touched by the AMBER alert".

"It was a very traumatic experience for her", Sgt. Behr Tharsing, of the Siskiyou County Sheriff's Office, told reporters.

The two vanished from Columbia, Tennessee, on March 13.

Tad was busted Thursday morning on state and federal charges after a tipster called cops to report that he and Thomas had been living in a cabin in a rural part of northern California for a week and a half. Culleoka is about 100km south of Nashville near the Alabama state line.

In a news release, the TBI said Cummins might be keeping Elizabeth out of sight of authorities, possibly sleeping in his vehicle or in a rural community.

Tennessee Bureau of Investigation director Mark Gwyn thanked people across the country for their assistance with finding Elizabeth. A student reportedly witnessed him kiss Thomas while at school in late January.

The couple had been married for 31 years, but the documents cited irreconcilable differences and inappropriate marital conduct.

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