by KHALANI GARAY
Monday, March 13, 2017, marked a day of worry and distress for the family of Elizabeth Thomas, fifteen. Her family reported her missing that day and now authorities believe she is with her teacher, Tad Cummins, fifty.
The Amber alert came the next day, on March 14, 2017, because they believe Cummins is armed and dangerous. It came a day after a fellow classmate stepped forward and claimed to have seen Cummins and Thomas kissing. The day she disappeared, Thomas’ brother, James Thomas, said she told one of their siblings she was going somewhere, but that someone should call police if she hadn’t returned by six p.m. “She didn’t think she was going to be gone that long, I guess, because she did expect to be home by dinner that night,” James Thomas said.
Authorities have received about six-hundred fifty tips relating to the case but none has produced any credible sightings of the young girl. Police have also said they believe Cummins has two handguns and is driving a silver Nissan Rogue. He also conducted a research on whether or not his SUV could be tracked by law enforcement and he even researched teen marriage. Authorities are trying to identify how much cash he may have because they learned he took out a $4,500 loan days before the pair disappeared. Cummins has been placed on Tennessee’s most wanted list and he is being charged with aggravated kidnapping and sexual misconduct with a minor. He was also fired on March 14, the day after his disappearance, for unprofessional conduct and insubordination.