Criminal complaint against Tad Cummins details AMBER Alert timeline


Prosecutors filed a federal complaint Thursday in the case against accused kidnapper Tad Cummins who was missing with his former Maury County student Elizabeth Thomas.

Cummins and Thomas were located safe in northern California Thursday morning staying in a remote cabin. As of April 20, Cummins is in custody in Siskiyou County, Ca. awaiting an arraignment April 21. Thomas is set to be flown back to Columbia, Tenn. via a Tennessee Bureau of Investigation aircraft.

The complaint details a timeline of Cummin's actions leading up to his disappearance. Cummins faces charges of transportation of a minor with the intent to engage in criminal sexual activity.

The map below shows all locations given by law enforcement or prosecutors in the timeline of the AMBER Alert.

On Jan. 30, the Maury County Sheriff began their investigation after a student reported a romantic kiss between Cummins and the 15-year-old victim. When the student confronted Cummins about the kiss, the complaint says Cummins "rambled on and on about how much he loved his wife, but indicated the victim sometimes went to church with him and his wife and that victim had a troubled past."

In addition to a timeline for the sexual contact witnessed by students at Culleoka High School, the complaint says Cummins became upset when the school district took his school-issued laptop saying he had personal information on it about purchases he made. He was reluctant to give up the device.

It says Cummins falsified information on a loan application for $4,500 prior to disappearing.

The papers also say Cummins left a note for his wife asking her not to call the police and explaining that he traveled to Virginia Beach or the D.C. area to clear his head. Cummins also denied wrongdoing in his note to his wife and asked her to forgive him. The complaint says at the time she found the note, Jill Cummins did not call police. Amid the AMBER Alert investigation, Jill Cummins filed for divorce.

Investigators said Cummins's wife said he had a prescription for Cialis, a drug commonly used to treat erectile dysfunction. The complaint says Cummins refilled his prescription with six pills at a pharmacy in Columbia, Tennessee three days before leaving town.

A Super 8 Motel employee told investigators that Cummins had rented a room with a single queen bed at their Oklahoma City location from March 15-16. Witnesses at the motel said he asked for directions to a nearby Walmart.

Surveillance video previously released shows the pair at an Oklahoma City Walmart on March 15. The complaint says they stopped at another Walmart in Oklahoma and purchased items including women's razors, chocolate, cheese cubes, and KY jelly, a commonly-used lubricant for sexual intercourse.

In the complaint, investigators say Cummins and the 15-year-old victim are involved in a sexual relationship and traveled in interstate commerce to continue their relationship and engage in unlawful sexual activity.

In a previously filed petition, Thomas' family accused Cummins of threatening, grooming and stalking Thomas.

Read the full complaint below or click here on mobile.

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