NASHVILLE, Tenn.--Griffin Barry, the Nashville man living in California whose tip led to the capture of Tad Cummins and safe return of Elizabeth Thomas, received a $10,000 reward on Friday.
Attorney's for the family said Nancy Grace of Crime Online sent in an added $500 check as a thank you for his efforts in leading to Cummins' capture.
The Brentwood native accepted the $10,000 check, saying he was going to meet the family of Elizabeth Thomas. Barry said the money "is definitely helping me out" and that he's probably "gonna save it."
Barry did not make any further statements, but representatives of the Thomas family thanked the media for coverage of the story, the TBI, Maury County Sheriff's Office, and other agencies working the case.
Barry befriended Elizabeth Thomas and her accused kidnapper Tad Cummins after coming into contact with them in Cecilville, a remote are of northern California. Barry called the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation tip line to report the sighting. The TBI then coordinated with the Siskiyou County Sheriff's Office, which conducted the arrest of Cummins outside of a residence in the area. Thomas was also found safe and unharmed.
Cummins is in custody pending his extradition back to Tennessee to face local charges. He is currently facing a federal charge of transporting a minor across state lines with the intent to commit sexual acts. Cummins was ruled a danger to the public and a flight risk after prosecutors stated he intended to flee with Thomas from San Diego to Mexico via watercraft.
The Thomas family says Elizabeth has started the journey of healing and getting the assistance needed to recover from the trauma of her abduction.