Missing Mom Left 'To Start a New Life;' Husband Doesn't 'Blame' Her

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The Ohio mother who disappeared from her husband and year-old child for days -- sparking a national manhunt in the process -- left them with another man to "start a new life," police told ABC News.

The missing Ohio mom who sparked a nationwide search had run away to "start a new life," police said today, but her forgiving husband said he wants her back and doesn't "blame her for any of this."

Tiffany Tehan, 31, disappeared Saturday, leaving behind her husband David and her 1-year-old daughter Lexie.

Her vanishing act triggered a nationwide hunt until police, acting on an FBI tip, found her staying at a Miami Beach motel with Tre Hutcherson, a man cops had called a person of interest in her disappearance. Police quickly determined that Tehan was not in danger.

"She left voluntarily with this fellow and drove to Miami to -- and these are her words -- start a new life," Miami Beach police Sgt. Wayne Jones told ABC News.

Upon police request, Tehan called her parents and husband to ensure them of her safety.

David Tehan told ABC News today he was angry at Hutcherson, but said he "absolutely" forgives his wife. When asked why he forgave her, Tehan said, "I don't know. It's supernatural."

"She may have made some mistakes, but everyone does and I can't blame her for any of this," the husband said. "She's a person like anyone else getting through life, and it's not always easy."

David Tehan said he wants his wife to come home and work out the problems in their marriage.

"There may be issues to work out, but that's okay. Issues we can work out," he said.

During his phone call with his wife after she was discovered, she asked about Lexie and "told us she missed us," David Tehan said.

The husband said they were so busy that he hadn't suspected anything was wrong.

Tehan's father Chuck Tabor became emotional when he heard that his daughter was found unharmed.

"Just to know my little girl is safeand I can't say enough about that," Tabor said through tears.

Husband of Runaway Wife Didn't Suspect Marital Problems

No charges were filed against Tehan or Hutcherson and Miami police said it appears no one broke any laws. Capt. Scott Anger of Ohio's Xenia Police Division called the incident a "personal, family matter."

Ever since surveillance footage of Tehan surfaced with Hutcherson on Tuesday, police considered the possibility Tehan was a runaway and not in danger.

Tehan told police she intends to return to Ohio where her husband David and 1-year-old daughter Lexie are waiting, but it is unclear when, Jones said.

David Tehan told "Good Morning America" Wednesday the couple was not having marital problems.

"It just seems so completely out of character. I just can't understand or believe it," he said.

Before Tehan was discovered in Miami Beach, her friends said she would never have just left her daughter.

"We're trying to leave the details and the speculation to the police," Tracy Staley said earlier this week. "That mother-child bond is unlike anything else."

David Tehan said Wednesday their daughter is "coping as well as can be expected" considering how her life has been disrupted since his wife's disappearance.

"If there's anything I could say to Tiffany," he said before she was found, "it would just be that I love you, I miss you and I can't wait to see you again."

On Tuesday, police released images taken from a surveillance camera at a convenience store showing Tehan and a bearded man, later identified as Hutcherson. Police say Tehan and the man regularly visited the store together in recent weeks, but her friends and family did not recognize him.

Tehan's husband David last heard from his wife around 11 a.m. Saturday, while she made the rounds at garage sales looking for inexpensive clothing for their year-old daughter.

Runaway Wife's Car Found With Flat Tire

She was last recorded at an ATM in Xenia around 9:30 a.m that morning.

Police found her car, a green 2000 Ford Explorer, abandoned Sunday morning with a flat tire in a skate park in Kettering, Ohio. The keys were locked inside the vehicle, according to ABC News affiliate WLWT.

ABC News' Tomomi Arikawa and Monica Escobedo contributed to this report.