Missing Teen, Teacher Could Now Be in Mexico

  • Missing Teen, Teacher Could Now Be in Mexico

Missing Teen, Teacher Could Now Be in Mexico

TBI spokesperson Josh DeVine confirmed there were reports of the two individuals at the center of a 2-week long AMBER Alert, but said the reports did not constitute confirmed sightings. The Tennessee TV station reported that Shelby County deputies positively identified the suspect.

Cummins reportedly was seen in Collierville, Tennessee at a Shell gas station on New Byhalia Road.

Thomas and Cummins were last seen on Monday, March 13.

Authorities have said Cummins lured and groomed Thomas before the kidnapping.

A clerk at the gas station told FOX13 a Collierville police officer was looking through surveillance video because an employee thought he saw Cummins.

According to earlier reports, Cummins was suspended and later fired after fellow students spotted the teacher and Thomas kissing at school. As we've previously indicated, dispatch traffic heard over the scanner should not be confused with confirmed sightings of these individuals. Cummins, who was believed to be armed, has been charged with aggravated kidnapping and sexual misconduct with a minor. After authorities located the van, they were able to determine it was not linked to the missing teen and Cummins, tweeted the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation.

The bureau also tweeted a Spanish translation of Elizabeth's missing flier Wednesday and asked viewers to help share it.

Police have described Thomas as five feet, five inches tall, 120 pounds, with blonde hair and hazel eyes. While investigators don't have any information placing Thomas and Cummins in Mexico, they say it's possible the two have made it that far.

Any one with information on Tad Cummins and Elizabeth Thomas are encouraged to call Maury County Sheriff's Office at 931-388-5151 or the TBI at 1-800-TBI-FIND. He remains on the TBI's Top 10 Most Wanted list.

Cummins is a white male, who stands 6 feet tall, weighs approximately 200 pounds, and has brown hair and eyes.