Tennessee AMBER ALERT: 15 Year Old Elizabeth Thomas Found Safe, Teacher Tad Cummins Arrested in Northern California
THE MANHUNT IS OVER FOR 50 YEAR OLD TAD CUMMINS …
The Tennessee Amber Alert is over as 15 year old Elizabeth Thomas has been found safe and police have arrested her teacher, 50 year old Tad Cummins in northern California. The search fro the two has gone on for a little over a month. Tad Cummins and 15-year-old Elizabeth Thomas were reported missing on March 13, 2017 from Columbia, Tennessee. Tad Cummins faces federal charges for taking a minor across state lines
Acting on a tip received by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation late last night, authorities in Siskiyou County, California have rescued Elizabeth Thomas and arrested Tad Cummins, after locating the pair at a rural cabin in Cecilville early this morning.
Thomas, 15, was the subject of a Tennessee AMBER Alert issued on March 14th, after having been kidnapped a day earlier by Tad Cummins, a former teacher at her school in Maury County, Tennessee. On March 17th, the TBI added the 50-year-old to the state’s ‘Top 10 Most Wanted’ list.
This morning, authorities from Siskiyou County located the Nissan Rogue in which the pair were traveling and later located the pair. Cummins surrendered without incident. Thomas was subsequently recovered by law enforcement officers. At the time of this release, efforts to reunite her with her family remained ongoing.
According to the Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office, a Special Response Team (SRT) responded to the scene where the car was reported found and established a perimeter around the cabin believed to be occupied by Cummins and Thomas. A man who became friends with the two helped the SRT members at the scene. Deputies waited outside in the cold for hours for the two to exit the cabin.
“At one point, the suspect did come out, walked around the area, you could see that he was actively looking around the surroundings,” Lt. Behr Tharsing of the Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office said. “They came back out, and it looked like they were trying to figure out whether we were there or not.”
The Sheriff’s Office used snipers positioned nearby to protect the tactical team that was dispatched to make the arrest.
Two loaded handguns were recovered in the cabin along with other personal items belonging to both Cummins and Thomas.
The sheriff’s office said they were found near the Shasta Trinity National Forest. The distance from Maury County, Tennessee, to Siskiyou County, California, is nearly 2,450.9 miles – around a 36-hour drive.
“It’s interesting Mr. Cummins made a spontaneous statement at the time that we took him down, ‘I’m glad this over,” Sgt. Mike Gilley of the Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office said.
The Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office said the cabin the two had been staying in was a one-room unit containing a foam mattress and a camp stove, with little cooking equipment.
The Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office said Thomas appeared to be in good health. She will undergo a forensic interview and as a crime victim, she will receive any care that she requires at this time.
Cummins was taken by the SRT members without incident. He was transported to the Siskiyou County Jail in Yreka and booked on a Maury County, Tenn., fugitive arrest warrant for aggravated kidnapping. Cummins was set to be arraigned on Friday, April 21, 2017, at 10 a.m.
Missing for 11 Years … 33 Year Old Ryan Alexander Duke Arrested & Charged with the murder of 30 Year Old Tara Grinstead
AN ARREST HAS BEEN MADE IN THE 11 YEAR OLD TARA GRINSTEAD MISSING PERSONS COLD CASE …
It has been 11 years since 30 year old Tara Grinstead went missing, but there has now been an arrest in the case. According to reports, 33 year old Ryan Alexander Duke has been arrested and charged with the murder of Tara Grinstead. The Irwin County High School teacher was 30 years old when she vanished on Oct. 22, 2005 from her home in the farm town of Ocilla, about 165 miles south of Atlanta.
An arrest has been made in connection with the killing of a Georgia school teacher and former beauty queen who went missing 11 years ago, authorities announced Thursday.
Ryan Alexander Duke, 33, has been charged with the murder of 30-year-old Tara Grinstead, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation said.
Duke, a graduate of Irwin County High School where Grinstead taught history, was arrested Wednesday, officials said.
It was not immediately clear if her remains were found.
Ryan Alexander Duke Arrested
Ryan Alexander Duke has been arrested in connection with the death of Tara Grinstead, Georgia Bureau of Investigation spokesman J.T. Ricketson said.
Authorities said Duke was arrested Wednesday evening after a tipster came forward with new information this week.
“This gentleman (Duke) never came up on our radar through the investigation,” Ricketson said. Asked if more arrests were possible, he said, “That’s a very good question. Again, we have several more interviews to do.”
Ricketson declined to say how Grinstead and Duke knew each other and would not say if authorities know what became of Grinstead’s body.
Connie Grinstead, the missing woman’s stepmother, told reporters she thanked God “for answered prayers.”
“We always believed that it would be solved,” she said, reading a statement at the courthouse news conference. “We just did not know when.”
Toni Anderson, a University of Missouri-Kansas City student who has been missing since early Monday was ticketed by police in North Kansas City before she disappeared. The 20-year-old woman who was last seen Sunday, January 15, 2017 after failing to meet with friends after work was driving a black 2014 Ford Focus with Kansas license plate 989-GAX. According to reports, Anderson was stopped by the North Kansas City Police Department on Sunday. Officials still were investigating her next steps after the stop. She was last heard from about 3 a.m. Monday when she told a friend via text that she was getting pulled over. Investigators have video surveillance with Anderson but are not releasing it because it is part of their investigation.
Kansas City police continued their search for a 20-year-old woman who was last seen Sunday after failing to meet with friends after work.
Tonie Anderson had just left her job around 4 a.m. and was on her way to meet friends at a location near downtown.
Later that morning, Anderson was pulled over by a North Kansas City police officer on Missouri 9 for an improper lane change. Anderson told the officer that she was almost out of gas. The officer gave Anderson a warning and watched as she drove to a nearby QuikTrip, said Officer Darin Snapp, a spokesman with the Kansas City Police Department.
As she was being pulled over, Anderson sent a message to childhood friend Roxy Townsend, who told the Wichita Eagle, “Tonie gets pulled over a lot because she drives late at night a lot, and she doesn’t have cruise control in her car. I just figured this was another one of those times.”
Anderson is a student at the University of Missouri-Kansas City and worked as a server at Chrome, an establishment that describes itself as “Kansas City’s premier strip club.”
Anyone with information on Anderson’s whereabouts can call the Kansas City Police Department’s missing persons unit at 816-234-5136.. Also, anyone with information should call the Tips Hotline at 816-474-TIPS (8477).
Amber Alert Issued for 6 Year Old David Wayne Puckett Missing Since 12/31/16 in Aurora, CO (Update: Child’s Body Found in Pound)
An AMBER ALERT has been issued for 6 year old David Wayne Puckett who has been missing since New Year’s eve, 12, 31, 6, in Aurora, Colorado. A $10,000 reward is now being offered for locating a 6-year-old missing Aurora boy. The Arapahoe County Search and Rescue, the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, the Denver Police Department and the FBI are assisting in the search. David Puckett went missing on Saturday night near Olympic Park.
More than 150 volunteers helped search for David on Sunday. He David was last seen at 5:30 p.m. Saturday in the 15700 block of East Amherst Place.
He was last seen wearing camouflage pants, a black shirt, a thin tan coat, and black and orange boots, police said. He is described as 3-foot and 48 pounds, with light brown hair and brown eyes.
Police said he has a slight to moderate learning disability. McCoy said police believe David wandered off.
Three tip lines are set up for the case: 303-739-1865, 303-739-1868 and 303-739-1870. Metro Denver Crime Stoppers can also be contacted at 720-913-7867.
Aurora Police say the body of a child was found in a pond underneath the ice Tuesday during a search for a 6-year-old Aurora boy who has been missing since Saturday.
The South Metro Fire dive team began searching the small pond in Olympic Park for David Puckett Tuesday morning. A K9 had picked up the boy’s scent in the area Monday night, according to Aurora Police Chief Nick Metz.
Aurora Police had earlier said the search was just a precaution.
At Least 9 Dead and Others Missing After a Massive Fire Rips Through Buiding During Party in Oakland, CA
9 DEAD AS FIRE RIPS THRU PARTY IN OAKLAND, CA …
At least nine people died as a fire raged through a warehouse in Oakland, California’s Fruitvale neighborhood where a party was underway late Friday night. It is also being reported that there are another 25 people who are missing and unaccounted for. The fire started about 11:30 p.m. Friday at 1305 31st Ave. It tore through the building during an event featuring musician Golden Donna’s 100% Silk West Coast tour.
In what may be the deadliest structure fire in Oakland’s history, at least nine people died in a blaze that broke out late Friday at an electronic music party at a Fruitvale district live-work space, officials said.
The fire tore through the two-story building in the 1300 block of 31st Avenue at about 11:30 p.m. Friday during an event featuring musician Golden Donna’s 100% Silk West Coast tour.
Most of the nine dead were found on the second floor, and another 25 people are unaccounted for, Fire Chief Teresa Deloach-Reed said.
Firefighters said it appeared that no smoke detectors were activated during the fire and there was no sprinkler system in the structure, the chief said.
“We still have to do a more thorough search of the building and we don’t know the potential number of other victims,” Deloach-Reed said. No firefighters were reported injured while battling the blaze.
The blaze is already being called one of the deadliest single-structure fires in Oakland’s history, if not the deadliest.