How missing Tenn. student and her former teacher were found

Authorities received a tip pointing to a cabin in a rural area of northern California where the former Tennessee teacher, Tad Cummins, was found with 15-year-old Elizabeth Thomas.
3:23 | 04/21/17

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Now two new details in that kidnapping case that sparked a nationwide manhunt fifteen year old Elizabeth Thomas is safe this morning. After authorities finally found her in a remote California cabin with a former teacher accused of kidnapping her. ABC's Kate whitworth went to that cabinet joins us now from Y Rica California good morning can. Amy good morning to you and we all know this happened because of one local who made it 911 called Griffin very. Says that he knew something was wrong when Elizabeth. When not make eye contact with them he says that initially he tried to help even loan them money. But when he realized what was going on he jumped in action. This morning the Tennessee teenager who sparked a nationwide manhunt after going missing with her former teacher. Found safe in California. Nearly 2500. Miles away from her Tennessee home. We couldn't be happier. To till you she will soon be on her way. Back home to Tennessee shoes apparently healthy and on our own. Authorities say late Wednesday they received a tip that fifty year old had come ends and fifteen year old Elizabeth Thomas. We're saying in this cabinet seen here in drone video showing just how remote to the area is in north in California. Authorities insist you county kept this car under surveillance for several hours and as daylight broke this morning they were able to take tack Cummins into custody. And safely recover Elizabeth. Without incident. Coming in and Elizabeth had been in the black bear ranch Communist. But the people there knew something was wrong but we're all kinds indications of something a little strange going should they turn them away saying they wouldn't be a good fit. But really should've been include if something goes wrong assert he got so angry when when that was shared with. Come and then Thomas then made their way to those cabins Whitney statement Griffin Barry a local resident on the same property bearish as the two went I think name's John and Joanna and it commons that the teen who stayed silent during their interactions was 24. Barry says on Wednesday Cummins helped him fish rocks out of a creek police say the pair was inside that cabin for two nights. What they didn't have was running water or electricity. What police say they did have missed two handguns very says once he realized who they work. He called 911. Police asking him to help capture comets of. Police ask you to go kind of wait a couple of. Yes that only surprised to help they didn't want the hostage situation anything like that. Comment and Thomas first went missing on March 13 more than five weeks ago. Authorities combing through nearly 15100. Leads from all fifty states looking for the pair sightings of them across the country from Tennessee to Georgia and Oklahoma. All the way to their final destination in California both of them seemingly changing their appearances along the way. We'll face a mandatory minimum sentence of ten years and possibly quite longer. Commons a former health sciences teacher was recently suspended from his job for having an inappropriate relationship with the student. Now this happened after the parent was allegedly caught kissing as school. That's adding that he did not ice but this morning he's right here behind bars facing both state and federal charges and Amy authorities tell us Elizabeth. We'll be on her way home to her failing today.

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