Manhunt for teacher who allegedly kidnapped teen student

Manhunt for teacher who allegedly kidnapped teen student

High school freshman Elizabeth Thomas, and Culleoka Unit School health teacher Tad Cummins, have not been seen in a week, though the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation has received approximately 250 tips from 24 states. Cummins, a Maury County, Tennessee teacher was sacked after being accused of having sexual contact with the Thomas, according to the TBI.

DeVine said that investigators believe that Cummins is keeping Elizabeth Thomas, 15, out of sight and the pair could literally be anywhere at this point. She was last seen wearing leggings and a flannel shirt.

Cummins is a 6-foot white male with brown hair and brown eyes and weighs 200 pounds.

Elizabeth had a "troubled life", authorities said. "In fact, it only heightens it", investigators said.

On Wednesday, TBI released video of Cummins, who appears to be at a Tennessee gas station before abducting Thomas. "Nothing investigators have learned about Cummins or his intentions for the young girl since issuing the AMBER Alert calms the imminent concern for Elizabeth's well-being".

"Tad, this is not you".

Sabrina Gallup, a manager at the Shoney's, where Elizabeth was dropped off Monday morning told ABC News by phone that Thomas had no connection to the restaurant beyond that of a potential customer. Her family conducted a candlelight vigil this weekend, holding out hope they'll see her again. The lack of confirmed sightings, however, continues to lead TBI to believe Cummins could have Thomas hidden from view of the general public or far away from Tennessee.

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Thomas is a 15-year-old white female, with hazel eyes, stands 5 feet, 5 inches and weighs 120 pounds.

Cummins was believed to be armed with two handguns, Fox 17 Nashville reports.

She was initially thought to be in the area of Decatur, Alabama, with Cummins.

Anyone with any information regarding Thomas and Tad Cummins's whereabouts is asked to contact the authorities immediately by calling the Maury County Sheriff's Office at 931-388-5151 or the Tennessee Bureau of Investigations (TBI) at 1-800-TBI-FIND. "Please do the right thing and turn yourself into the police and bring Beth back home".

She went on to speak to Tad saying, "this is not who you are".

Cummins has now been added to Tennessee Bureau of Investigation's 10 Most Wanted List, and a $1,000 reward is being offered. "We can help you get through this", Jill Cummins said at a press conference. "I want to see you again", one of Thomas' sisters cried on the microphone.

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