While everyone is still rejoicing the safe discovery of missing teen Elizabeth Thomas, people are very curious about what happened and how they found her.
At a press conference on April 20th, Tennessee officials announced that a single tip led to finding the teen and the teacher who allegedly abducted her.
Over a month ago, on March 15, the teacher, Tad Cummings, disappeared with his 15-year old then-student at Culleoka Unit School in Maury County, Tennessee.
After an Amber Alert had been issued and the case garnered plenty of press attention, a particularly helpful tip was called in by an unidentified caller on April 19th at approximately 11 at night.
The person giving the tip said Cummings and Thomas had “taken up residence in a cabin in Cecilville, California,” Tennessee Bureau of Investigation spokesman Josh Devine said at a Thursday afternoon press conference.
The cabin was in a remote location with reportedly very little to no cell service.
“Elizabeth will soon be on her way home,” TBI Director Mark Gwyn said, adding, “Cummins is facing a set of charges that should be keeping him behind bars for many years.”
Cummins is expected to be charged with aggravated kidnapping and sexual contact with a minor after an alleged incident where Cummins was seen kissing Smart on school property.
We are wishing nothing but the best for Thomas as she returns home.