Now that 50-year-old Tad Cummins is in federal court, it appears he’s helping investigators piece together his cross-country escape from justice with his 15-year-old former student Elizabeth Thomas.
Many people have wondered how a man with little outdoor or travel experience could have kept under the radar for 38 days with an AMBER Alert and nationwide manhunt going on.
Here’s what People magazine has learned about his alleged plans and escape route:
Tad investigated multiple countries south of the U.S. border online, searched for how to disable the GPS in his wife’s Nissan Rogue, and investigated how to marry a teenager. He also borrowed $4,500.
Tad disappeared from Maury County, Tenn. with Elizabeth on March 13 and spent a night in Birmingham, Ala., throwing both his and Elizabeth’s phones into the Tennessee River in Decatur on the way. He also stole the Alabama license plates off a disabled car.
Tad drove Elizabeth to Oklahoma, where they were spotted on surveillance video buying supplies at a Walmart. They spent one night there and two more at Super 8 motels in Oklahoma.
They drove to Cortez, Colorado, spending at least one night there. That’s where Tad decided to purchase a tablet computer so he could keep up with the nationwide manhunt.
DAY 6-8 or 9
The pair spent three or four nights in Utah.
DAY 9 or 10
They spent one night in Nevada. Soon after, their journey hit some major potholes….STORY CONTINUES ON NEXT PAGE.