SISKIYOU COUNTY, Calif. (CBS/AP) — A 50-year-old Tennessee teacher who vanished last month with a teen student is under arrest in Northern California, according to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation.
Tad Cummins and 15-year-old Elizabeth Thomas were reported missing on March 13 from Columbia, Tenn.. Thomas is safe, according to the TBI.
The last confirmed sighting of the pair was two days later at an Oklahoma City Wal-Mart. Police had issued an Amber alert for Thomas and say they have warrants charging Cummins with sexual contact with a minor and aggravated kidnapping.
The Tennessean reports the pair were found after the teacher’s car was located in Siskiyou County, a remote area of northern California near the Shasta-Trinity National Forest.
Tennessee prosecutor Brent Cooper said Cummins left a note for his wife before disappearing, but officials think it was a diversion to mislead the investigation.