Cummins' ex-coworker follows through on $10,000 reward for teen's return

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COLUMBIA, Tenn. (WVLT) -- The man who offered $10,000 to bring Elizabeth Thomas home safe followed through on his promise.

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When Tad Cummins was captured, his former co-worker Chandler Anderson was awakened by hundreds of text messages. Anderson said, "That's a good way to wake up."

Anderson, who said Cummins is a narcissist, offered $10,000 to either Elizabeth Thomas or whoever would bring her home safely. Read that story here. Now, Anderson will be writing a check to Griffin Barry, who helped capture Cummins and recover missing 15-year-old Elizabeth Thomas. Barry befriended Cummins before calling the TBI.

"We are thrilled to write this check," Anderson said. "We are thrilled this little girl will be home later today."

He and his business partner said they would even like to fly Barry down to Tennessee. The town would like to thank him for his efforts.

"What he did was brave," Anderson said. "Tad was armed and dangerous, and he befriended Tad to find out information and notified law enforcement."

Now, Anderson can sleep well at night knowing Elizabeth is home safe.

Barry received the check on Monday, May 1.

"I think I'm going to go meet the family and what not, so no, I don't have too much to say right now, but thank you for all the money," he said. "It's definitely helping me out. So, it's awesome."