Man Who Found Tad Cummins And Elizabeth Thomas Reveals What Tipped Him Off

Tipster talks about how he knew to call the cops.

By Sowmya Krishnamurthy

The man who helped authorities find Tad Cummins and Elizabeth Thomas after a month-long search is breaking his silence. 24-year-old Griffin Barry was approached by the couple and shares clues that helped him tip off the police.  

Barry is a property caretaker and tells ABC News that 50-year-old Cummins asked him for money for gas, food and a place to stay. He used the fake names John and Joanna and claimed that Thomas was 24 years old, not 15. 

It was Thomas' strange behavior which hinted to Barry that something was off. "The girl wasn't really looking at me or anything and he was always dominating the conversation. That kind of clues people in," Barry shared on Good Morning America.

Barry put the couple up at a cabin in rural Oregon near where he resides. The cabin apparently had no running water or electricity.

He realized who Cummins was due to an Amber Alert.  "I had a photo of him that was the Amber Alert and I was like, that’s definitely the guy, and then we saw the car as well and it matched up."

Barry called authorities immediately. The police eventually surrounded Cummins and Thomas in their remote cabin. Cummins surrendered and was arrested while Thomas was safely recovered, per the Tennesee Bureau of Investigation.

[Photo: Tennesee Bureau of Investigation]

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