Saturday, April 22, 2017

Teacher And Kidnapped Girl Were Holed Up In Cabin With No Furniture

A Tennessee teacher who spent over a month hiding in a cabin with his 15-year-old student subsisted on meager items as law enforcement was actively searching for him.

Tad Cummins, 50, was taken into custody Thursday morning by a SWAT team who surrounded the unfinished cabin in Cecilville, California where he was staying with missing teen Elizabeth Thomas.

According to an inventory of items confiscated from the cabin by the FBI, there were four bedrolls, two vacuum filters, coconut oil, and socks. The FBI also confiscated beer cans and tissues.

The northern California caretaker who helped police arrest Cummins has spoken out to detail how he helped police arrest the fugitive.

Police got a tip about Cummins' whereabouts the previous night from the caretaker of the cabin, 29-year-old Griffin Barry.

Barry, who is originally from Nashville, said he let the couple stay in the cabin in exchange for work and realized who the two were when a neighbor showed him a picture of Thomas' missing person poster.

That's when it all came together for Barry and he called to tip off police. Looking back, he said there was something suspicious about the couple.

The couple, claiming to be 38 and 24 years old, had run out of gas and Cummins told a sad story about how they lost all of their possessions in a house fire in Colorado and didn't have any money left.

So Barry decided to be a Good Samaritan, and gave Cummins money, gas and directions to the commune.

'I put some gas in his car and gave him $40 dollars and said if it doesn’t work come back. I’ll feed you, know what I mean?' Barry, 29, told WKRN.

Cummins and Thomas did in fact make it to the commune, but the members there sensed something was off with the two and decided against letting them into the group.