Elizabeth Thomas' sister: 'Long, long road ahead of us'

CBS affiliate WVLT reports that the pair were found near the Shasta-Trinity National Forest in California after the teacher's vehicle was located Wednesday in Siskiyou County, a remote area of Northern California almost 2,500 miles away from where the teen disappeared.

On Wednesday night, investigators received a tip that Thomas and Cummins were living in a remote cabin in Northern California, near Cecilville.

The motion, filed with the US District Court Eastern District of California, seeks an order that Cummins can not overcome the statutory presumption that he is a flight risk and a danger to the community.

He was wanted for the March abduction of Elizabeth Thomas, 15, a student of his at Culleoka Unit School outside Nashville.

Cummins admitted he had gotten a small watercraft and conducted a test run from San Diego to Mexico, where he planned to take the teenager, according to a federal complaint.

Tad Cummins, 50, allegedly altered his appearance, switched license plates twice, disabled the car's Global Positioning System and used various aliases for him and the teen, documents state. Authorities said he planned to head to Mexico.

He wasn't fired until about a month later - a day after the girl was reported missing March 13, when the case began to attract national attention. In a statement they said they are focusing on the teen's recovery.

Kimberly's estranged husband was granted a restraining order that prevents her from talking to the media about the alleged kidnapping, during which Anthony said the teacher, Tad Cummins, brainwashed his daughter.

Authorities said Elizabeth has since been reunited with her family and was being evaluated for emotional trauma. He is facing many years of jail time, having been charged after his arrest with the federal crime of transporting a minor across state lines to have sexual intercourse.

Elizabeth Thomas has said little to her family about the 38 days she spent on the run with her former high school teacher, a man accused of "brainwashing" the teenage girl and then taking her across nine states.

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Cummins is still waiting for extradition back to Tennessee, and Thomas is getting counseling.

The charge carries a statutory mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years and up to life in prison.

Thomas' father, Anthony, is thankful to have his daughter back home.

Cummins was arrested Thursday and the teen was recovered in Northern California after a nationwide search.

Detectives spoke to the girl Cummins reportedly kissed on January 31, and she told them she had a "verbal exchange" with another teacher at the school before she went to Cummins' classroom, the complaint said.

Since day one, the family has said they care about Elizabeth's well-being above all else; they haven't been concerned with Cummins and what might happen with him.

Cummins, who was a teacher, is in federal custody.

Cummins described the girl as "a really good friend" and told school officials that the girl did leave her other classes to come see him "when she needs someone to calm her down".

Kat Bozeman, Elizabeth's sister, has recently given an interview with WKRN regarding her family's ordeal.

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