On April 20, deputies took Cummins into custody and found Thomas at the cabin in California.
The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation has released more details in the rescue of an Amber Alert subject in California who was missing from Middle Tennessee.
Though Anthony told the show that Elizabeth's family had no yet spoken with her as of April 21, he said she was expected back in Tennessee later today. An AMBER Alert was issued for her the next day.
Surveillance cameras show Cummins and Elizabeth at an Oklahoma City Walmart that afternoon. "They are thankful that Elizabeth Thomas will soon be returned to her family where she can begin the healing process".
"Evidence has surfaced that (Elizabeth) became fearful of Cummins' reaction to his suspension and her belief that he would punish her in some way for it", a court filing says.
Cummins is being held at the Siskiyou County Jail without bond.
"There aren't words in the English language to describe the level of relief and elation experienced by the Thomas family", said Jason Whatley, the attorney for the girl's family.
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Tad Cummins is scheduled to be arraigned Monday.
He said Thomas appears to be healthy and unharmed, but authorities are concerned about her emotional and mental state, and will continue to view her as a potential witness and victim in the case.
Elizabeth gave Barry a different name, but otherwise didn't talk, Barry said. On March 16, Cummins bought women's razors, chocolate, cheese cubes and KY Jelly, according to the affadavit. There are "particular qualities in the Northwest that make it easy to disappear", Whatley said.
Barry said he first met Cummins at a gas station the week before where the former teacher asked for directions and needed gas, saying they lost their home in a house fire and needed money, INSIDE EDITION reports.
He said the neighbor noticed the man was acting odd and remembered a news article on the internet about the missing girl.
Lopey said the two had previously been at a commune called Black Bear Ranch, but "didn't get along" with commune residents and ended up leaving.
"I had a photo of him that was the AMBER Alert and I was like, that's definitely the guy, and then we saw the vehicle as well and it matched up". Thanks go to all who have kept the message of finding Elizabeth Thomas and working on her safe return as top-of-mind throughout the nation. "The two obviously have a relationship".
After the capture, Cummins was charged with one federal count of transportation of a minor across state lines for the objective of criminal sexual intercourse, said Jack Smith, acting USA attorney for Middle District of Tennessee.
A report filed by her father also explained that she had told her friends she was "scared" of Cummins and felt that she was "in over her head".