AMBER Alert Tipster Presented With $10K Reward

Posted at 8:28 PM, Apr 28, 2017
and last updated 2017-04-28 23:34:02-04

The California tipster who led police to Tad Cummins and the teen he allegedly kidnapped collected his $10,000 reward in Columbia.

Tad Cummins was arrested after the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation said he groomed then kidnapped his 15-year-old student.

A former co-worker of Cummins, Chandler Anderson held a brief gathering at the courthouse in Columbia to present Griffin Barry with the check.

"Everyone gathered here would readily admit that you are a hero my friend; round of applause for griffin," Anderson said to the crowd.

The money was put together by Tad Cummins former co-worker Chandler Anderson -- offered to whoever brought that 15 year old girl home safely.

In an interview with Inside Edition, Cummins wife Jill said Tad Cummins told her he had slept with the girl while on the run.

It was Griffin Barry who found the two in the remote town of Cecilville California. He had let the two stay in one of his cabins there, before realizing they were the two on the Amber alert poster.

Today Griffin also received a check for $500 from TV personality and former prosecutor Nancy Grace.

While Griffin, who grew up here in the mid-state, he didn't say much during the presentation, the teen's family attorney spoke on what today means to him.

"What a a great way to end this chapter of this very difficult story with having a young man who's from here who's the citizen who did the right thing that led to the rescue," said Jason Whatley.

Griffin may also be eligible for a $1,000 reward from the TBI for his tip, because Cummins was on the TBI's Ten Most Wanted list.