Maury County girl and teacher have been missing one week

Remigio Civitarese
Marzo 21, 2017

Police say 15-year-old Elizabeth Thomas disappeared together with 50-year-old Tad Cummins, and Thomas is in "imminent danger".

Efforts to locate missing high school freshman Elizabeth Thomas remain active and ongoing as the concern about her relationship with former teacher Tad Cummins - and his intentions for her - only heighten the urgency surrounding this ongoing AMBER Alert in Tennessee and Alabama.

The TBI has received 250 tips from people in 24 states.

Cummins was sacked last week on the day after Elizabeth was allegedly kidnapped, the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation said. "They're probably out of the view of the general public".

The 50 year old allegedly disappeared with 15 year old Elizabeth Thomas a week ago, a month after reportedly being suspended for inappropriate contact with the student.

The report said the allegation could not be confirmed but recommended that the girl be taken out of Cummins' forensics class and that he be reprimanded to uphold his professional responsibility as a teacher.

He is a former teacher and is now facing charges for aggravated kidnapping and having sexual contact with Thomas at school. School officials said Cummins was dismissed as a result of the district investigation.

On February 3, Thomas was again spotted again in his class.

A subsequent letter from the district to Cummins on February 3 stated that Elizabeth was in the teacher's classroom that day, which the letter said violated a previous order by the district.

Thomas' 26-year-old brother, James, described his sister as friendly and intelligent. The latter claim stems from an alleged sexual interaction between him and Thomas in January on school property.

"There was a bit of distance between the time we knew and whenever the police and school officials knew", he said.

Tips are slowly trickling in for local, state and federal investigators in the AMBER Alert case out of Maury County.

"She looks at him like a friend and counselor who knows how to calm her down when she is experiencing anxiety", reads an investigative report the district issued, based on the witness' account. In her letter, Love said the girl being in his classroom was a violation of the principal's order to him.

The teacher's wife delivered an emotional appeal Friday for her husband to turn himself in. He is believe to be armed with two handguns and driving a silver Nissan Rogue with Tennessee tag 976-ZPT. "This is not who you are".

"Tad, this is not you".

The missing Tennessee teen was last seen wearing black leggings and a flannel shirt.

Cummins is described as white, 6 feet tall and 200 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes.

Anyone with information on Cummins or Thomas should call the TBI at 1-800-TBI-FIND.

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