Even more details have emerged about the former teacher Tad Cummins, who allegedly abducted his student in Tennessee and vanished for five weeks. It has been revealed that he had planned to kayak to Mexico with the 15-year-old girl.
According to CNN, 50-year-old Cummins bought a two-person kayak worth $1,500. The pair apparently had planned to paddle to Mexico from Coronado Island in San Diego. Cummins purchased the two-seater kayak in San Diego according to PEOPLE. After testing the kayak in San Diego Bay, Cummins determined the waters to be too dangerous. It was at that point that Cummins and the teen travelled north.
FBI agent Utley Noble said that Cummins and the teen, Elizabeth Thomas, threw their phones in a river and disabled their car's GPS device to avoid detection. Noble also said that Cummins admitted to having sexual contact with the girl "most nights" during the five weeks.
The two went missing on March 13, and were found on April 20 at a remote cabin in Northern California. The allegedly kidnapping had created a national manhunt.
Cummins is being charged with taking a minor across state lines for the purpose of sexual activity.
After a hearing on Friday, Cummins' sister, Daffney Quinn testified that she can’t explain her brother’s actions.
"I strongly believe that something is wrong with him, because the brother and man I know would never do something like this."
Asked if her brother has expressed regret, she said, "No. Not necessarily."
[Tennessee Bureau of Investigation]
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