Tennessee teacher accused of kidnapping student has been arrested

15-year-old Elizabeth Thomas was found safe

CALIFORNIA (ABC NEWS/CNN) - A former Tennessee teacher accused of kidnapping a student has been arrested, according to ABC News.

Tad Cummins has been missing for over a month and is suspected of kidnapping 15-year-old student Elizabeth Thomas.

Thomas was safely recovered in Northern California, ABC News reports.

Cummins, 50, fled with Thomas, his student, from their small town of Culleoka, Tennessee, on March 13. Authorities released surveillance video from March 15 that showed the pair at a Walmart in Oklahoma City. But then the trail has gone cold.

The two disappeared a few weeks after a student reported seeing Cummins and Elizabeth kissing in a classroom.

Cummins faces charges of sexual contact with a minor and aggravated kidnapping, the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation said. He was added to the state's Most Wanted list.

This is a breaking news story. ABC News will have updates as they become available. 


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