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#BREAKING: Tad Cummins arrested, Elizabeth Thomas found safe in Northern California
Published 12:46 p.m. ET April 20, 2017 | Updated 7 minutes ago
Former Middle Tennessee teacher Tad Cummins has been arrested in northern California and Elizabeth Thomas, the girl he kidnapped is safe, according to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation.
Just before noon, the TBI tweeted Cummins had been arrested and that more details would come soon.
Siskiyou County Sheriff's Offices spokeswoman Kelly Giordano said Cummins' vehicle was found Wednesday night.
She would not say specifically where but said, "We are currently working an active incident regarding the kidnapping."
Giordano would not confirm whether Cummins and missing Elizabeth Thomas were found but bid did say "Any other details are being withheld for officer safety as they work the incident."
Siskiyou Countycounty is in a remote area near the Shasta-Trinity National Forest, about three hours northwest of Redding, Ca.
The owner of the property where they were found said his caretaker called him about 9:30 p.m. and said the man came to a nearby saloon he owned and asked for work.
"My neighbor noticed the car didn't have a license plate and
Cummins is wanted by authorities on charges including aggravated kidnapping.
Cummings was Elizabeth's 50-year-old high-school teacher at Culleoka Unit School in Maury County, Tenn. He has since been fired.
A warrant was issued for Cummins' arrest after a Tennessee Bureau of Investigation suggested he "may have been abusing his role as a teacher to groom this vulnerable young girl for some time in an effort to lure and potentially sexually exploit her."
This is a developing story. Check back for updates.