Father of Tennessee girl says he is overjoyed

Investigators said Elizabeth was safe and in good condition. As of Thursday evening, her family was waiting to communicate with her before speaking publicly. "Now begins another hard chapter, but for now, we celebrate".

The main concern is for her emotional well-being, TBI Director Mark Gwyn said.

Cummins was jailed in Northern California and is awaiting extradition to Tennessee to face felony kidnapping and other charges.

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March 15 - The AMBER Alert is issued for Elizabeth's disappearance. The pair spent one night in the cabin before the arrest, but they may have been in the area for about a week, Gilley said. The teen was unharmed, the attorney said.

The father of the Tennessee teen who went missing for a month said her alleged kidnapper was bound to get what's coming to him, according to a new report. Two days after the girl disappeared, surveillance images from a Walmart in Oklahoma City showed Cummins and the girl purchasing food items in the store with cash, the agency said.

Three days before the alleged kidnapping, Cummins did an online search about his auto "to determine if certain features could be tracked by law enforcement", according to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation.

"He was certainly putting a lot of planning into disappearing", Brent Cooper, the district attorney for Maury County, Tennessee, told ABC News in an interview earlier this month.

"He searched what size mattress will fit in the back of a Nissan Rogue".

The cabin's caretaker alerted law enforcement to their presence and helped them hatch a plan to draw Cummins from the residence unarmed and without Thomas, the cabin's owner told CNN.

"When my neighbor called and told me, I thought 'Oh my God, no, we are way too far from (Tennessee),' " O'Hare said.

The Maury County Public Schools Facebook post comes in the wake of complaints from the girl's family that the school system did not respond properly after a student at the Culleoka Unit School reported seeing teacher Tad Cummins kissing the 15-year-old student.

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Both Cummins and Thomas deny it happened.

Elizabeth gave Barry a different name, but otherwise didn't talk, Barry said.

The DA also indicated that Cummins is on medicine to control his blood pressure and should be in need of a refill. Cummins was also terminated from MCPS. If the press conference is not live streamed from the TBI's Facebook page, it will be streamed from their affiliates' sites.

Jill Cummins had filed for divorce, saying she felt betrayed by her husband. We just want her safe.

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