Girl, 15, found safe and teacher arrested at California commune
A 15-year-old Tennessee girl who disappeared with her teacher more than a month ago was found safe at a commune in California and the teacher was arrested, authorities said Thursday.
The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation said 50-year-old Tad Cummins surrendered without incident in Cecilville, which is in northern California. Authorities said they found Cummins’ Nissan Rogue and later located the pair.
The pair’s disappearance March 13 came after Cummins was investigated by the school system when another student reported seeing the then-married teacher kiss the girl at the Culleoka Unit School. Culleoka is a community about 60 miles south of Nashville near the Alabama state line.
“We’re so happy that California police worked quickly and were able to find them and get her safe,” one of the girl’s sisters told The Tennessean.
Police had previously issued an Amber alert for the girl.