TIMELINE: The search for Amber Alert suspect Tad Cummins

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Cummins was arrested without incident and said "I'm glad this is over" as he was taken into custody, according to Siskiyou County sheriff's Sgt. Mike Gilley. Cummins and Elizabeth were found this week at a cabin in northern California, weeks after they disappeared from Tennessee.

Thomas was the subject of a Tennessee Amber Alert issued March 14 after having been kidnapped a day earlier by Cummins, a former teacher at her school in Maury County, Tennessee, the release states. Siskiyou County deputies searched the area and found a silver Nissan Rogue parked outside the cabin, TBI spokesman Josh DeVine said. The girl was apparently healthy and unharmed, but authorities said their main concern was her emotional and mental state. Elizabeth exited the cabin behind Cummins and was taken into Federal Bureau of Investigation custody in Redding, California, authorities said.

Cummins faces state charges of aggravated kidnapping and sexual contact with a minor as well as the federal charges.

She is expected to be reunited with her family in Tennessee in the near future and will fly back home on a TBI aircraft. Cummins had been suspended after a student reported seeing them kissing in a classroom. A day after they disappeared, Cummins was sacked from his teaching job at Culleoka Unit School, where Elizabeth had been a student in his forensics class. Authorities credited citizens and the media for their involvement in helping to locate the teen. Further, the employee said that Cummins had asked directions to WalMart.

"She's been with Cummins for a little over a month now and after that sort of thing, after that sort of ordeal she was through, it's going to take some working with her for awhile", the father said.

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It wasn't until Thursday that the two were seen again in Cecilville, Calif., where Cummins was arrested. "The two obviously have a relationship. her response to us and to law enforcement escalated up and down".

He described her condition as alternating between "stoic" and "emotional", understandable given the circumstances, he said. The search for the pair spawned Amber alerts in Tennessee and Alabama, a sighting in Oklahoma City and more than 1,500 tips before they were found this week in Siskiyou County, which borders Oregon.

Cummins will be held in California until he is extradited to the state of Tennessee.

"Elizabeth Thomas is in a safe location with family and friends where she is comfortable and resting".

"Obviously, our goal is to seclude (her) with her family", Whatley said. He also allowed Cummins and Thomas to stay at an unfinished cabin on the property he managed, NBC News affiliates KOBI and WBIR reported. The teacher, however, acknowledged that the girl was "a really good friend and she does leave her other classes to come see him when she needs someone to calm her down", according to a school report dated January 30.

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