Missing Tennessee Student Found: How a Tip Led to Her Discovery in a Remote California Cabin

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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. 

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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. 

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