The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation said 50-year-old Tad Cummins had been taken into custody and that the girl was found in Siskiyou County in northern California.
UPDATE 4:15 P.M. EASTERN:
Tad Cummins was taken into custody and Elizabeth Thomas found safe at daylight this morning after law enforcement received tips late Wednesday night about their whereabouts.
The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation said the two were found in a cabin in a remote area of northern Californian in the community of Cecilville.
“She soon will be on her way back home,” TBI Director Mark Gwyn said at a news conference this afternoon. “Tad Cummings faces charges that possibly will keep him behind bars for many years.”
The tips began to come in late Wednesday night, the TBI said.
The Siskiyou County, Calif., sheriff received the same tips, the TBI said.
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Cecilville residents reported seeing Cummins’ vehicle, a 2015 Nissan Rogue, around the community without a license plate.
Cummins faces charges of aggravated kidnapping and sexual exploitation of a minor.
Cummins now faces federal charges of taking a minor across state lines, the U.S. attorney’s office said.
“At this time, we know she is healthy and unharmed,” District Attorney Brent Cooper said.
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