Elizabeth Thomas With Family & Friends; Cummins Family Issues Statement

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"It was very traumatic for her".

"What we want to see when we look at her is the child we knew", Thomas told ABC News.

"Obviously, our goal is to seclude (her) with her family", Whatley said. "She was emotional at times, sometimes stoic".

"She has lost a lot of weight", Anthony Thomas said. The agency sent the plane to northern California after Elizabeth was found on Thursday, along with her 50-year-old former teacher, in a remote cabin in Cecilville, a rural, isolated area near the California-Oregon border that has little to no cell service, authorities said. "He needs to be held accountable for kidnapping this girl", Tennessee Bureau of Investigation Director Mark Gwyn said.

The teen returned to Tennessee on Friday and is now in a "safe location with family and friends where she is comfortable and resting", said Jason Whatley, who is representing the Thomas family.

The comments came a month after police say Cummins absconded with his student Elizabeth Thomas from their small town of Culleoka, Tennessee.

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"I forgive him and I still love him, but it doesn't mean that I could ever trust him again", she said.

"Well, right now ... in ways she's like herself and in ways she's not", her brother said.

"What happened in California this morning, however, proves it only takes one person to lead to a successful end", said Gwyn, the TBI director. "Her mood was very alternating", he said.

"The girl really wasn't looking at me or anything and he was kind of dominating the conversation", said Griffin Barry on Friday morning.

"There aren't words in the English language to describe the level of relief and elation experienced by the Thomas family", said Whatley. She also discovered that the loan money, two handguns, clothes and toiletry items were missing.

The school's investigative files provided to the AP by the attorney show that both Cummins and the girl denied kissing.

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Detectives from the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Tennessee Bureau of Investigation and Maury County were in Cecilville, CA, on Saturday collecting more information and evidence. The Tennessee woman, preyed on by her pastor when she was 15, has been following Thomas' story closely and has some advice on moving forward for the teen. "She was always particular with the way she dressed".

Elizabeth told a sibling she was going somewhere that day but to call police if she hadn't returned by 6 p.m., her brother, James Thomas, told HLN last month.

Thomas' friend, Ashlee Riggins, told NBC News that she was surprised that the pair had traveled as far as California and was thankful that the cabin owner caught on to them. "I think Tad had told her too, 'There's no way you can go home because your dad is just going to be mad at you, '" Thomas said. "Tad was apparently aware of all the flyers and all the things he saw", the father said. "I was anxious about her safety with his two handguns".

Thomas reflected on the difficulty of parenting a teenager, and then having that child disappear.

He is in federal custody in California and was expected to be arraigned in Sacramento, Siskiyou County Prosecutor Kirk Andrus said.

The exact path that Cummins and his student took from Tennessee to California isn't clear, but the teacher's next trip is: At some point, he'll be extradited to the Volunteer State to face charges of aggravated kidnapping and sexual contact with a minor, among other counts. That charge carries a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years in prison.

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