TBI urges vigilance as search continues for Middle Tenn. girl

  • TBI urges vigilance as search continues for Middle Tenn. girl

TBI urges vigilance as search continues for Middle Tenn. girl

Investigators believe 50-year-old Tad Cummins kidnapped 15-year-old Elizabeth Thomas. The 15-year-old remains the subject of a Tennessee AMBER Alert. Cummins is believed to be "armed and unsafe", Tennessee officials state. The schoolmate said the student was "freaked out" by the alleged incident, according to the school district report. "She stated students hang out in his classroom a lot". Cummins, the suspected kidnapper, also posted two memes on Instagram the same day. He said Thomas met Cummins at her school in Maury County, Tennessee, where he worked as a teacher. The family attorney says the school district learned of an alleged incident on January 23. According to reports, the teacher was caught kissing Elizabeth Thomas.

A lawyer for the Thomas family described Cummins as "obviously a man who is not in control of his faculties".

Calls and emails to the school district and Marczak were not immediately returned over the weekend.

Investigators, citing a $4,500 loan Cummins recently obtained and other undisclosed evidence, said the abduction was planned in advance and that Cummins has two handguns. Cummins, a Maury County, Tennessee teacher was sacked after being accused of having sexual contact with the Thomas, according to the TBI. He described himself as a parent, grandparent and "Jesus freak".

On March 11, Thomas posted a quote to her account that says, "One day someone will look at you like you are the most flawless thing they have ever seen". One said: "It's a attractive day to start". "Please help us bring her home".

"I just want her to let us know that she's okay".

"Tad, this is not you". He stands charged with aggravated kidnapping and sexual misconduct with a minor.

"That offense is a Class B felony", Cooper said. "I tried to convince her that you don't go from jobs like that to teaching in a rural school", Anthony Thomas said. "We can help you get through this", Jill Cummins said at a press conference.

Cummins worked at Central Tennessee High School where Thomas is a freshman. It's possible he's altered his appearance since then. The "shockingly low number of tips" has led the TBI to conclude the pair are likely out of view of the general public or have traveled outside of the southeast, spokesman Josh DeVine said. "Having last been seen on Monday morning, the individuals could, frankly, be anywhere".

He drives a silver Nissan Rogue with Tennessee license plate of 976-ZPT.

Cummins is 6 feet tall and 200 pounds. She likely is wearing the flannel shirt and black leggings police say she was last seen wearing.

Authorities alleged Cummins had sexual contact with Elizabeth weeks before kidnapping her. Whatley says Elizabeth's family believes the teen was "conflicted" about her relationship with him, and that Cummins "groomed" her. You can be Elizabeth's eyes, her ears and her voice.