Elizabeth Thomas disappearance timeline

15-year-old Elizabeth Thoma, who went missing with her former teacher last month, was located in Northern California. The teacher has been arrested (April 20, 2017)

Former Middle Tennessee teacher Tad Cummins has been arrested in northern California and Elizabeth Thomas, the 15-year-old girl authorities say he kidnapped, is safe, according to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation.

Here is a timeline of the events:

March 13: Elizabeth Thomas, 15, and Tad Cummins, 50, of Middle, Tennessee, were last seen. Thomas was a student at Culleoka Unit School where Cummins was a teacher. Their last known location was Decatur, Alabama, where they were seen traveling in a silver Nissan Rogue. Cummins posts on Instagram

March 14: Amber Alert issued on Thomas’ disappearance. Cummins is fired from his job, from which he was on suspension after allegations of a sexual interaction between Cummins and a minor.

March 17: Tad Cummins is posted on the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation’s Top 10 most wanted list.

March 26: District Attorney General Brent Cooper urges the public to share Amber Alert information with friends and family south of the border. Cooper notes that with a 24-hour head start, Cummins could easily make it to Mexico. The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation explores possibilities that the pair is hiding ‘off the grid’ or in Mexico.

April 19: Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office finds the Nissan Rogue used by Cummins.

April 20: Cummins and Thomas found in Siskiyou County, an area that borders the Oregon state line.

© 2017 KXTV-TV


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