After more than a month on the run, a former Tennessee teacher captured after allegedly abducting a teen student reportedly told cops that he’s relieved that the ordeal has come to an end.

Siskiyou County sheriff’s Sgt. Mike Gilley said in a press conference on Thursday that Tad Cummins, 50, said “I’m glad this is over” in a “spontaneous statement” during his arrest earlier this week.

Cummins and his 15-year-old former student Elizabeth Thomas were found in a remote cabin near Cecilville, California, on Thursday, after a tipster saw the pair and contacted the authorities, TBI spokesperson Josh Devine told PEOPLE.

“We’re absolutely thrilled and blessed to have her safe and on her way home. It’s amazing,” Elizabeth’s older sister, Kat Bozeman, told PEOPLE on Thursday. “This is the best day we could have imagined.”

Cummins allegedly kidnapped Elizabeth on March 13. The teen was last seen at a local restaurant and her family reported her missing that afternoon. An attorney for the family later told PEOPLE that Cummins allegedly “groomed” Thomas before they both vanished.

The pair was the subject of an ongoing AMBER Alert, and investigators had said they were “off the grid.”

Officials said they believe Cummins and Elizabeth had been in the cabin for about a week and a half.

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The tipster, who said he had rented out the cabin to Cummins and Elizabeth, said in an interview with Today that they said they were from Colorado and that Cummis had claimed that Thomas was 24 and he was in his 30s. The tipster later saw their photos from news reports and said he realized …read more


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