Tennessee teacher Tad Cummins said he and his alleged teen kidnapping victim were a couple looking for help after losing everything in a house fire.
According to NBC News, Griffin Barry is a caretaker for a group of vacation properties in Cecilville, California.
He said at first he thought Cummins, 50, and Elizabeth Thomas 15, were just a down-on-their-luck couple when he met them.
But Cummins was notably controlling and suspicious when it came to Thomas. Cummins said Thomas was 24, and he said he was 38.
Barry called police after realizing Cummins and Thomas were the subjects of a nationwide search.
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