New details about life on the lam have emerged in the case of the 50-year-old former high school teacher who ran off with one of his students.
In addition, never-before-seen video of the moment 15-year-old Elizabeth Thomas disappeared with Tad Cummins has been released.
The video, which was obtained by ABC News, was captured by security cameras outside her Tennessee home. A car can be seen pulling up that would take her to Cummins.
The footage also features the family dog wagging its tail as she calmly closes the front door. She’s holding two bags of belongings as she crosses the patio.
ABC News correspondent Eva Pilgrim spoke with people at the California commune where Cummins and the teenager ended up at one point during their time on the run.
They were ordered to leave in part because they spent too much time in an attic love nest instead of doing their share of the work.
“There were only a small number of residents and their fear of Tad Cummins made them wait until more people came so they could confront him. They didn’t want to confront him when they only had a few people there,” Pilgrim told Inside Edition.
Cummins and Thomas then moved to a cabin in the woods in Cecilville, Calif., where they were captured last month.
Thomas had not showered in weeks when she was freed and that was the first thing she wanted, according to Pilgrim.
“She didn’t ask for food, she wanted a shower and a razor, that was the most important thing for her,” Pilgrim said.
Cummins’ wife, Jill, revealed to Inside Edition recently that he left her a farewell note in which he deliberately tried to misdirect cops by saying they were headed to Virginia Beach.
In fact, Cummins and the teen were heading in the opposite direction to Oklahoma City before making their way to Northern California.
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