Latest News
Headlines

Teen, 15, Who Disappeared With Former Teacher Is 'Resting' With Family, Recovery 'Just Beginning'

Playing Teen, 15, Who Disappeared With Former Teacher Is 'Resting' With Family, Recovery 'Just Beginning'

The 15-year-old teen who disappeared with former teacher, 50-year-old Tad Cummins, for more than a month is being mentally evaluated after reuniting with her family, according to the family’s attorney. 

Elizabeth Thomas returned to her home state of Tennessee on Friday and is in a "safe location with family and friends where she is comfortable and resting," said attorney Jason Whatley.

Read: Tad Cummins Ordered Cialis While on the Run With Teen, Criminal Complaint Alleges

Thomas is being evaluated by a mental health expert specializing in trauma, according to Whatley. 

"There is no doubt that she has suffered severe emotional trauma and that her process of recovery is only just beginning," Whatley said. "The family is extremely grateful for the thoughts and prayers of the nation and asks sincerely for those continued prayers as Elizabeth becomes able to process the last 39 days.”

Whatley said that after meeting the teen for the first time, he was "taken back at who she is."

"Elizabeth is a little child," Whatley said. "She could easily pass for 12. The primary photo used and reprinted so many times by law enforcement, the media, and even our office, is inaccurate. She is a little girl in every sense of the word. This was the abduction of an impressionable, little child."

Thomas and Cummins were found in a remote cabin in Cecilville, an isolated area near the California-Oregon border that has little to no cell service, authorities said. 

Cummins was immediately taken into custody.

Read: Missing Student Found Safe, Teacher Arrested After More Than a Month on the Run

Cummins spent the night in jail before FBI agents took him to Sacramento, where he faces federal charges of crossing state lines with intent to have sexual relations with a minor.

Cummins also faces charges in Siskiyou County for kidnapping and possession of stolen property, according to the sheriff's department.

The pair had been missing since March 13. 

Watch: Wife of Teacher Who Disappeared With Student: I Love Him But I Don't Trust Him

Share Share on Facebook Tweet Share on Twitter
Receive Breaking News

By signing up, you agree to our Terms of Use and Privacy Policy

Your e-mail was submitted successfully.
Sorry, your email address was not processed. Please try again.
Around the Web