Tennessee High School Teacher Found with Student in Siskiyou County
Tad Cummins booking photo (Credit: Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office)
CECILVILLE — Following a tip from an alert citizen, authorities have arrested 50-year-old Tad Cummins after pinning his whereabouts to a remote area of Siskiyou County.
Cummins, a former high school teacher in rural Tennessee, made headlines nationwide for disappearing with one of his students, 15-year-old Elizabeth Thomas, on March 13th. An AMBER alert was issued for Thomas the following day.
On March 17th, Cummins’ name was added to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation’s ‘Top 10 Most Wanted’.
Then, on the morning of April 20th, the pair were located at a cabin in Cecilville, California — known by some as part of a local commune — and Cummins was arrested without incident.
Efforts are also underway to reunite Thomas with her family.
Cummins is currently in custody at the Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Department without bail, awaiting extradition to Tennessee. He stands accused of sexual contact with a minor and aggravated kidnapping.