The brother of the Tennessee teen allegedly kidnapped by a former teacher says that now that she is finally back with her family, "she's like herself and in ways she's not".
The former teacher, facing federal and state charges stemming from her disappearance, is in federal custody and is expected to be arraigned in Sacramento on Monday, Siskiyou County prosecutor Kirk Andrus said.
Popular Video You have to see this to believe it. They told commune members they were married and left Colorado where John had worked as a Emergency Medical Technician, as well as a kayak instructor. "We had a house fire and lost everything", Barry told CNN. "But soon they settled down and he said, 'This looks like home forever.' They were clearly hoping to stick around for a long while".
(Thomas) advised that Cummins possibly held both of her hands around the wrist area and may have been close to her face at the time, telling her she needed to calm down. The wife, who works for the Maury County school system, said she had not seen her husband since March 13. "It didn't seem right".
Whatley also notes that hard days lie ahead for Elizabeth, whom her family believes was "groomed" and "brainwashed" by Cummins. "We were getting really weird vibes from them, they weren't integrating with the group, they were going off by themselves, they were asking for their own cabin, but we were like, 'no it's too soon, '" she added.
February 3: Elizabeth Thomas is in Cummins's classroom for approximately 30 minutes, in violation of an order for Cummins to avoid contact with her.
"They were always attached to each other, they seemed genuinely in love, like lovers". "It was kind of a roller coaster of emotions for her". I was taken aback by who she is.
After 10 days, the pair were kicked out of the community, whose slogan is "free land for free people" and was founded in 1968.
"I'm very happy", Anthony Thomas, Elizabeth's father, told NBC affiliate WSMV.
Religion and conservative views were also an issue. The sheriff said the two had stopped in Berkeley first and that's how they found out about the commune. "The two obviously have a relationship. her response to us and to law enforcement escalated up and down". "No one recognizes them, and they just hide out like normal people".
The Black Bear Ranch website has been made temporarily unavailable because of overwhelming traffic due to an incorrectly reported news story that Cummins and Thomas were found at the property.
It came from a caller who told investigators that Cummins and the teen, the subject of an Amber Alert, might be living in a mountain cabin near Cecilville, Calif., a onetime mining town about 100 miles south of the OR border.
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.
After the capture, Cummins was charged with one federal count of transportation of a minor across state lines for the goal of criminal sexual intercourse, said Jack Smith, acting USA attorney for Middle District of Tennessee. The charge carries a minimum of 10 years. And did the student leave willingly with her teacher, who had already been warned to stay away from her?
Cummins' estranged wife, Jill Cummins, also spoke to the media about Cummins' arrest, through her attorney, Michael Cox. He said the girl was at times "laughing, crying and acting stoic" after police found her at the remote cabin.