One of Tennessee’s ten most wanted, Tad Cummins, has been accused of kidnapping Elizabeth Thomas. She was reported as missing on March 13, and authorities issued an Amber Alert a day later after investigators discovered that Cummins was missing too. Her disappearance came after an incident that occurred on Jan. 23, when students saw Cummins giving Elizabeth “a peck on the lips” in a classroom. They both made statements denying that they kissed.
On January 31, the district gave Cummins a reprimand and told him not to allow Elizabeth in his classroom. Anthony Thomas (Elizabeth’s father) had no idea about the allegation until January 31. He confronted his daughter about it, but she said nothing was going on. “She also said that Tad was just her teacher and she was sort of a friend of his … that the girl who had made the complaints had lied,” Thomas told HLN on Tuesday.
As investigators kept researching, they found that Thomas had been searching on the internet for teen marriage. “We don’t want to go into specifics because he might still be using some of that … but suffice it to say that is an issue that we have some major concerns of because it might potentially speak to his intentions for her,” Tennessee Bureau of Investigation spokesman Josh DeVine said.
Elizabeth Thomas was last seen by her friend who dropped her off at a restaurant in Columbia, Tennessee. Cummins was captured on surveillance footage pumping gas nearby. Police and family are still on the look for her.