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Elizabeth Thomas: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

Elizabeth Thomas. (Amber Alert)

A Tennessee high school freshman is on the run with a 50-year-old married teacher – and they’ve been missing for more than a week.

Police have issued an Amber Alert for teenager Elizabeth Thomas, 15, and they believe she is with Tad Cummins, a now fired teacher, father, and grandfather accused of kissing the girl in a classroom. Thomas was a student at the school where he taught.

Thomas’ Instagram profile calls her a “wife” and contains numerous recent graphics about love and soulmates but also about being broken, ugly, and wanting to die. One of her last posts was about Beauty and the Beast and contained the saying, “every beauty needs her beast to protect her from everything but him.”

Cummins allegedly researched teen marriage before vanishing with Thomas, a teen who had been an alleged victim of family abuse and was home schooled until this year.

On Twitter, Cummins described himself as “Jesus freak/child of The King, husband, father, grandfather, high-school teacher, clinician, drummer, audio tech, jeep owner, singer/songwriter, warrior-poet.” He’s been married since 1985, according to his Facebook page, which is filled with photos of Cummins and his wife, Jill, and family.

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Tad Cummins’ Twitter profile picture. (Twitter)

Cummins’ wife went before the television cameras to plead with her husband to return, but so far there’s been no sign of the student and teacher, despite authorities releasing a string of new videos and photos of Thomas and Tad Cummins in recent days.

Here’s what you need to know:


1. Thomas Was Last Seen at a Shoney’s Restaurant in Tennessee & Police Released New Videos & Photos of the Missing Pair

According to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, authorities say Thomas was last seen on a Monday morning, March 13, “at approximately 8:00 AM at the Shoney’s in Columbia, Tennessee, after being dropped off there by a friend. Her parents reported her as missing later that same day.”

On March 20, the TBI released what it says is the last known photo of Thomas, whom they say was kidnapped:

Authorities wrote on March 20, “One week ago today, Elizabeth Thomas vanished from Columbia, Tennessee. Our efforts to locate her – and the man believed to have kidnapped her – remain active and ongoing, but to this point have produced no credible sightings or actionable information about their whereabouts. The individuals could be anywhere.”

Police also released a surveillance video they say is Cummins filling up his car with gas before taking off with Thomas.

On March 20, authorities released these videos of Cummins in a store:

Cummins was seen buying women’s hair dye. Thomas “changed her social media bio to ‘wife’ before disappearing,” reported UK Daily Mail.

Investigators say they “can place Thomas in Decatur, Alabama at approximately 3:06 CST on Monday afternoon (March 13), though neither individual has a known connection there and may have just been passing through the area.”

They say they have received 450 tips, but have no credible sightings of the girl and teacher since the one in Alabama, leading them to believe “Cummins could have Thomas hidden from view of the general public or far away from Tennessee.”

The TBI urged “property owners – especially in rural areas – to search their grounds for the individuals, the vehicle, or any sign of suspicious activity” and said people should be vigilant around campgrounds.

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2. The Teacher Was Fired After Being Accused of Kissing Thomas in a Classroom & Describing Their Relationship as ‘Father-Daughter’ When Confronted

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Elizabeth Thomas. (TBI photo)

According to ABC 7 Chicago, the teacher was recently accused of having sexual contact with Thomas before the pair disappeared.

Thomas’ sister Sarah Thomas “said she heard Cummins tell stories with other students about being in the FBI, CIA and Secret Service” and called him a “weirdo,” <a href=”http://www.wsmv.com/story/34968081/sister-of-amber-alert-victim-says-bullying-was-an-issue

  • ” target=”_blank”>according to WSMV. Sarah said that Thomas was bullied in school, the television station reported.

    Authorities “confirmed that Cummins is charged in connection with an alleged sexual interaction with Thomas at the school where he taught and she was a student,” the television station reported, adding that the “school district suspended Cummins when the allegations surfaced and terminated his employment Tuesday” March 15.

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    Tad Cummins was active on social media. He posted this photo to Twitter. He also posted about politics, indicating he was tuning into a debate to hear Donald Trump and compared Planned Parenthood to the Mafia. Some of his posts revolved around religion and teaching. On Facebook, he mostly posted photographs of family. An Instagram site in his name includes many recent posts about being in love. (Twitter)

    The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation reports that “District Attorney General Brent Cooper confirmed the details of the incident for which Cummins now faces a charge is connected to an alleged interaction between Cummins and Thomas at the school where he taught and where she was a student.”

    The school released a detailed timeline of the case. You can read it here.

    According to The Columbia Daily Herald, another student walked in on Cummins and Thomas kissing in a classroom. “Cummins and Thomas were sitting side by side in chairs and kissed on the lips as the grandchild, who also attends Culleoka, was using one of the classroom’s computers,” the newspaper reported.

    Cummins was suspended February 6 after the report, and authorities were still investigating the situation when he vanished with Thomas, according to the Daily Herald, which said the witness had regarded Cummins as a mentor and told her mother what she saw.

    According to CNN, Thomas had taken forensics with Cummins and told the school authorities, according to an investigative report, that “she goes to Cummins’ classroom when she becomes upset or anxious. She considers him a friend and he knows how to calm her down. Other students feel the same about him, she says. She denies that they’ve ever kissed and says that she has been to church with him and his wife. The only times Cummins touched her, she says, is when he gives her the occasional fist bump.”

    According to the newspaper, the witness confronted Cummins about the situation, and “he told her they had a daughter-father relationship. They went to church together every Sunday with Tad’s wife. He said he wanted to reassure Beth that no matter how rough her life has been, he was there for her.”

    The TBI determined that “Cummins secured a title loan for a personal vehicle and other personal effects several days before his disappearance, netting $4,500 in cash.”

    Cummins was added to the 10 Most Wanted list on March 17, the newspaper reported.

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    3. Thomas Was Home Schooled & Had an Abusive Family Life & Cummins Posted About Being in Love on Instagram

    According to WSMV, Thomas was home schooled until her freshman year of high school. The television station quoted the local district attorney as saying her home life was a troubled one.

    The television station reported that “police arrested Elizabeth’s mother, Kimberly Thomas, last year. She was charged with five counts of child abuse and neglect. According to court documents, Kimberly Thomas beat Elizabeth and four of her siblings.”

    WSMV reported that Elizabeth told investigators her mother “banged her head into the agitator of the washing machine” and “threw her down the basement stairs and locked her down there.” Kimberly Thomas “is also accused of making the children get naked in front of several other people,” the television station reported, adding that “Elizabeth is one of 10 children in a single-parent home because her father now has full custody of all of them.”

    On Twitter, Thomas’ father has implored his daughter to come home, saying she has been missing since March 17.

    In one heartbreaking post, he wrote, “Izzy! Please come home to us! I can’t live without you!!!😥😥😥😥

    The other posts said Thomas was missing and urged the public to help find her. The Tennessean reported that authorities believe Thomas had a difficult life, and Cummins may have taken advantage of that, although they did not provide details. TBI says he may be having her sleep in her car or keeping her otherwise out of the public eye because of the low number of tips, and authorities say that they believe Cummins’ planned the vanishing act in advance.

    On his Twitter page, Cummins had posted sayings about teaching, including retweeting this one:

    He also posted about politics, indicating he was tuning into a debate to hear Donald Trump, and posted photos of himself with other students in school activities. He taught at Culleoka Unit School, according to WHNT, which quoted surprised neighbors describing Cummins as devoted to his family, down-to-earth, and intelligent.

    An Instagram page in Cummins’ name posted numerous photos about love in recent days. Among them, “you’re all my heart ever talks about” and “It was love at first sight, at last sight, at ever and ever sight.”

    Although his Instagram page was littered with photos about being in love, Cummins shared his Facebook page with his wife, Jill, and mostly posted photos of the couple and family on it.

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    Tad Cummins was a married father and grandfather. In fact, his Facebook page is a joint account in both his name and that of his wife, Jill. The page is filled with photos of Cummins and Jill, whom he married in 1985. Most of the photos revolve around family, but the account also has a Valentine’s post of the couple. (Facebook)

    Culleoka Unit School describes itself as “located in the southeastern corner of Maury County, Tennessee, USA. The school serves over 1,000 students in kindergarten through grade 12.”


    4. Authorities Say They Are ‘Extremely Concerned’ About the Teen’s Welfare & Accuse Cummins of Grooming Her for Abuse

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    Elizabeth Thomas. (TBI photo)

    The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation said in a statement that authorities are “extremely concerned for the well-being of Elizabeth Thomas, the victim in an ongoing AMBER Alerts in Tennessee and Alabama.”

    “Though the TBI cannot discuss specifics at this time, investigative efforts have revealed a troubling pattern of behavior by Tad Cummins, suggesting the 50-year-old may have been abusing his role as a teacher to groom this vulnerable young girl for some time in an effort to lure and potentially sexually exploit her,” reported the TBI.

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    Elizabeth Thomas. (TBI photo)

    According to the UK Daily Mail, Cummins, a health teacher, met the teen, who was one of a family of 10 children, “through the local chapter of HOSA, an international student organization that promotes career opportunities in the health care industry.”

    “What Tad did, he stole my daughter from me, but Maury County is a big community. He didn’t just steal from me, he stole from the whole community,” her father said at a vigil.


    5. Police Believe That Cummins May Be Armed & His Wife Begged Him to Return the Teen

    Cummins’ wife, Jill, went public to plead with her husband to return the teenager.

    “Let me speak directly to my husband,” Jill Cummins said, Fox-17 Nashville reported. “Tad, this is not you. This is not who you are. We can help you get through this. No matter how far you’ve gone or what’s happening right now, God’s grace is sufficient for you and He wants you to come home. Your family wants their Papi back. Please do the right thing, and turn yourself into the police and bring Beth home.”

    The Tennessee statewide Amber Alert was issued by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation on behalf of the Maury County Sheriff Department for 15-year old Thomas.

    The alert says she “is white, blonde hair, hazel eyes, 5’5” and 120 pounds, last seen wearing a flannel shirt and black leggings. She may be in the area of Decatur Alabama.”

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    Tad Cummins. (TBI)

    Cummins is described in the alert as a “white male, 6’0”, 200 pounds, brown hair and eyes. He is believed to be armed with two handguns and driving a Silver Nissan Rogue, TN tag, 976ZPT. A warrant has been issued for Cummins for Sexual Contact with a Minor.”

    People with information were urged to call the MCSD at 931-375-8654 or the TBI at 1-800-TBI-FIND.

    Cummins has no adult criminal record in Tennessee, according to WHNT-TV.

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    Tad Cummins: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

    Tad Cummins’ Twitter profile picture. (Twitter)

    A married teacher who is accused of taking a Tennessee high school freshman on the run described himself as a “warrior-poet” and “Jesus freak” on social media.

    Tad Cummins, 50, allegedly researched teen marriage before vanishing with Elizabeth Thomas, 15.

    Police are accusing Cummins, a now fired teacher from Culleoka Unit School in Maury County, Tennessee, of grooming Thomas for sexual abuse before the pair disappeared. On social media, the disgraced teacher wrote about teaching and being in love.

    Cummins has now been added to the 10 Most Wanted list. There’s been no sign of the teacher and student on the run for a week, despite Tennessee authorities releasing a stream of surveillance videos and photos of them.

    An Amber Alert was issued for Thomas, who was a student at Cummins’ school. Shocked neighbors described Cummins – a father and grandfather – as a down-to-earth family man.

    Tad Cummins is married to Jill Cummins, and he frequently posted about his love for his wife on social media. His Facebook page says they have been married since 1985. Jill Cummins appeared alongside authorities on March 17 and implored her husband to turn himself in, according to The Tennessean.

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    Tad Cummins and his wife, Jill Cummins. (Facebook)

    Here’s what you need to know:


    1. Police Issued an Amber Alert for Thomas & Cummins’ Wife Pleaded With Him to ‘Bring Beth Back Home’

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    Tad Cummins. (TBI)

    Appearing alongside law enforcement, Jill Cummins urged her husband to turn himself in, according to the Tennessean, saying, “Tad, this is not you. This is not who you are. We can help you get through this. I had no idea my husband was involved in any of this.”

    WBIR quoted Jill as saying, “God’s grace is sufficient for you and he wants you to come home. Your family wants their poppy back. Please do the right thing and turn yourself into the police and bring Beth back home.”

    CNN reported that Cummins, on his resume, described himself as a “teen Sunday school teacher” and “adult chaperone for youth activities” who said he had “volunteered in New Orleans during Hurricane Katrina and in the Panamanian rainforest. He earned a black belt in Kenpo Karate in 1999.”

    The Tennessee statewide Amber Alert was issued by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation on behalf of the Maury County Sheriff Department for 15-year old Thomas.

    The alert says she “is white, blonde hair, hazel eyes, 5’5” and 120 pounds, last seen wearing a flannel shirt and black leggings. She may be in the area of Decatur Alabama.”

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    Elizabeth Thomas. (TBI photo)

    Thomas is believed to be in the company of 50-year old Cummins, described in the alert as a “white male, 6’0”, 200 pounds, brown hair and eyes. He is believed to be armed with two handguns and driving a Silver Nissan Rogue, TN tag, 976ZPT. A warrant has been issued for Cummins for Sexual Contact with a Minor.”

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    Elizabeth Thomas. (Amber Alert)

    People with information were urged to call the MCSD at 931-375-8654 or the TBI at 1-800-TBI-FIND.

    Cummins has no adult criminal record in Tennessee, according to WHNT-TV.

    The TBI issued an update on March 18 that said Cummins could be “anywhere” and that there was evidence he had planned the vanishing act.

    A low number of tips might mean that he is having Thomas sleep in his car or otherwise keeping her out of the public eye, according to TBI. “She’s a high school freshman. He was a teacher accused of kidnapping her. Let’s find her now,” TBI wrote.

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    2. The Teacher Was Fired After Being Accused of Kissing Thomas in a Classroom & Neighbors Describe Him as Dedicated to Family

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    Elizabeth Thomas. (TBI photo)

    According to ABC 7 Chicago, the teacher was recently accused of having sexual contact with Thomas before the pair disappeared.

    Thomas’ sister Sarah Thomas “said she heard Cummins tell stories with other students about being in the FBI, CIA and Secret Service” and called him a “weirdo,” according to WSMV. Sarah said that Thomas was bullied in school, the television station reported.

    Authorities “confirmed that Cummins is charged in connection with an alleged sexual interaction with Thomas at the school where he taught and she was a student,” the television reported, adding that the “school district suspended Cummins when the allegations surfaced and terminated his employment Tuesday” March 15.

    According to the UK Daily Mail, Cummins, a health teacher, was allegedly caught kissing Thomas in February and met the teen, who was one of a family of 10 children, “through the local chapter of HOSA, an international student organization that promotes career opportunities in the health care industry.”

    The Columbia Daily Herald reported that another student walked in on Cummins and Thomas kissing in a classroom. “Cummins and Thomas were sitting side by side in chairs and kissed on the lips as the grandchild, who also attends Culleoka, was using one of the classroom’s computers,” the newspaper reported.

    Cummins was suspended February 6 after the report, and authorities were still investigating the situation when he vanished with Thomas, according to the Daily Herald, which said the witness had regarded Cummins as a mentor and told her mother what she saw.

    According to the newspaper, the witness confronted Cummins about the situation, and “he told her they had a daughter-father relationship. They went to church together every Sunday with Tad’s wife. He said he wanted to reassure Beth that no matter how rough her life has been, he was there for her.”

    “What Tad did, he stole my daughter from me, but Maury County is a big community. He didn’t just steal from me, he stole from the whole community,” Thomas’ father said at a vigil.

    Authorities said that Thomas had a difficult life, without elaborating, and Cummins may have taken advantage of it, according to The Tennessean.

    According to WSMV, “police arrested Elizabeth’s mother, Kimberly Thomas, last year. She was charged with five counts of child abuse and neglect. According to court documents, Kimberly Thomas beat Elizabeth and four of her siblings.”

    Elizabeth told authorities, according to WSMV, that her mother “banged her head into the agitator of the washing machine” and “threw her down the basement stairs and locked her down there.” The TV station added that “Kimberly Thomas is also accused of making the children get naked in front of several other people” and “Elizabeth is one of 10 children in a single-parent home because her father now has full custody of all of them.” According to the TV station, Elizabeth was home schooled until this year.

    The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation reports that “District Attorney General Brent Cooper confirmed the details of the incident for which Cummins now faces a charge is connected to an alleged interaction between Cummins and Thomas at the school where he taught and where she was a student.”

    The TBI determined that “Cummins secured a title loan for a personal vehicle and other personal effects several days before his disappearance, netting $4,500 in cash.”

    He taught at Culleoka Unit School, according to WHNT, which quoted surprised neighbors describing Cummins as devoted to his family, down-to-earth, and intelligent.

    On social media, Cummins was on Facebook with a joint name with his wife “TadandJillCummins” and posted of his love for his wife as recently as Valentine’s Day.

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    The Facebook page that Tad Cummins shared with his wife, Jill, contains this photo with the words “I love us” that was posted on Valentine’s Day. An Instagram post in Cummins’ name contains many generic posts about being in love. (Facebook)

    He posted many photos with his wife.

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    Tad and Jill Cummins. (Facebook)

    WHNT News 19 quoted a neighbor as saying of Cummins: “[He’s] very dedicated to his family, appeared to be very respectful, to everyone.” Another neighbor told the television station: “It was a surprise because he’s such an honest man. You know we always thought he was a down to earth guy. He’s always helped my elderly grandparents over here if they needed help.”

    In 2012, Cummins posted a photo on Twitter of his 4-year-old grandson setting up a chessboard and eating carrots.

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    3. Cummins Posted on Twitter About Teaching & Politics & an Instagram Account in His Name Has Numerous Posts About Love

    On his Twitter page, Cummins had posted sayings about teaching, including retweeting this one:

    CNN reported that Cummins was hired at the school in 2011 after working as a respiratory therapist and quoted his resume as saying “he graduated magna cum laude from Columbia State Community College in 1993 with an associate of applied science degree in respiratory care technologies.” According to CNN, Cummins also claims on his resume that “he has been in several bands. He also holds copyrights for 65 songs.”

    According to CNN, Cummins was in a band called “Cry For Holiness!” Its website says it consists of “5 Dads that God brought together as one collective vessel to use the musical talents He gave us to glorify His precious name and reconcile His children to Him! Our one desire is to go where He sends us and lift up His glorious name.”

    On social media, he also posted about politics, indicating he was tuning into a debate to hear Donald Trump and compared Planned Parenthood to the Mafia.

    He also posted photos of himself with other students in school activities.

    An Instagram page in Cummins’ name posted numerous photos about love in recent days. Among them, “you’re all my heart ever talks about” and “It was love at first sight, at last sight, at ever and ever sight.” The page has the same profile saying as the Twitter profile.

    The morning Thomas was last seen, the account posted, “Good morning all!! This is going to be an amazing day. Let’s do this!”

    Instagram Photo

    On Twitter, Cummins described himself as “Jesus freak/child of The King, husband, father, grandfather, high-school teacher, clinician, drummer, audio tech, jeep owner, singer/songwriter, warrior-poet.”

    Cummin’s most recent tweet, from November 2016, was about shirts for the school:

    Thomas calls herself “wife” on Instagram, and posted a graphic from Beauty and the Beast around the time she vanished that says “every beauty needs her beast to protect her from everything but him.” However, she also posted sayings about being broken, ugly, and wanting to die.

    WHNT News 19 quoted a neighbor as saying of Cummins: “[He’s] very dedicated to his family, appeared to be very respectful, to everyone.” Another neighbor told the television station: “It was a surprise because he’s such an honest man. You know we always thought he was a down to earth guy. He’s always helped my elderly grandparents over here if they needed help,” he explained.

    Thomas’ father also took to Twitter – to implore his daughter to come home, saying she has been missing since March 17.

    In one heartbreaking post, he wrote, “Izzy! Please come home to us! I can’t live without you!!!😥😥😥😥

    The other posts said Thomas was missing and urged the public to help find her.


    4. Authorities Say They Are ‘Extremely Concerned’ About the Teen’s Welfare & Accuse Cummins of Grooming Her for Abuse

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    Elizabeth Thomas. (TBI photo)

    The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation said in a statement that authorities are “extremely concerned for the well-being of Elizabeth Thomas, the victim in an ongoing AMBER Alerts in Tennessee and Alabama.”

    “Though the TBI cannot discuss specifics at this time, investigative efforts have revealed a troubling pattern of behavior by Tad Cummins, suggesting the 50-year-old may have been abusing his role as a teacher to groom this vulnerable young girl for some time in an effort to lure and potentially sexually exploit her,” reported the TBI.

    Culleoka Unit School describes itself as “located in the southeastern corner of Maury County, Tennessee, USA. The school serves over 1,000 students in kindergarten through grade 12.”

    According to CNN, Thomas had taken forensics with Cummins and told the school authorities, according to an investigative report, that “she goes to Cummins’ classroom when she becomes upset or anxious. She considers him a friend and he knows how to calm her down. Other students feel the same about him, she says. She denies that they’ve ever kissed and says that she has been to church with him and his wife. The only times Cummins touched her, she says, is when he gives her the occasional fist bump.”


    5. Police Released a Gas Station Video They Say Is Cummins & Traced the Pair to Alabama

    According to TBI, authorities say “Thomas was last seen on Monday morning at approximately 8:00 AM at the Shoney’s in Columbia, Tennessee, after being dropped off there by a friend. Her parents reported her as missing later that same day.”

    Police released a surveillance video they say is Cummins filling up his car with gas before taking off with Thomas.

    On March 20, authorities released these videos:

    They also released what they said was the last known photo of Thomas:

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    TBI wrote, “Here’s the last known photograph of Elizabeth Thomas prior to her alleged kidnapping. Spot her? 1-800-TBI-FIND! #TNAMBERAlert.” (Twitter/TBI)

    Investigators say they “can place Thomas in Decatur, Alabama at approximately 3:06 CST on Monday afternoon, though neither individual has a known connection there and may have just been passing through the area.”

    They say they have only received 120 tips, none that have panned out.

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    PHOTO: Elizabeth Thomas & Tad Cummins Together in School

    Tennessee authorities have released a new photo showing high school freshman Elizabeth Thomas together in school with teacher Tad Cummins – the same teacher she has been on the run with for more than a week.

    You can see the photo above.

    The teenager vanished with the 50-year-old married teacher on March 13. The pair are now the subject of a massive manhunt in Tennessee, and authorities with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation have released a series of photos and videos of the two in a continuing effort to drum up leads.

    Here are some other recent photos and videos that TBI has posted in the case:

    Police have issued an Amber Alert for Thomas, 15, and they believe she is with Cummins, a now fired teacher, father, and grandfather accused of kissing the girl in a classroom. Thomas was a student at the school where he taught.

    Thomas’ Instagram profile calls her a “wife” and contains numerous recent graphics about love and soulmates but also about being broken, ugly, and wanting to die. One of her last posts was about Beauty and the Beast and contained the saying, “every beauty needs her beast to protect her from everything but him.”

    Tad Cummins and Elizabeth Thomas. (TBI and Twitter photos)

    On Twitter, Cummins described himself as “Jesus freak/child of The King, husband, father, grandfather, high-school teacher, clinician, drummer, audio tech, jeep owner, singer/songwriter, warrior-poet.” He’s been married since 1985, according to his Facebook page, which is filled with photos of Cummins and his wife, Jill, and family.

    Cummins’ wife has publicly pleaded with her husband to return, but so far there’s been no sign of the student and teacher, despite authorities releasing a string of new videos and photos of Thomas and Tad Cummins in recent days.

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    Tad Cummins. (Twitter)

    According to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, authorities say Thomas was last seen on a Monday morning, March 13, “at approximately 8:00 AM at the Shoney’s in Columbia, Tennessee, after being dropped off there by a friend. Her parents reported her as missing later that same day.”

    Authorities wrote on March 20, “One week ago today, Elizabeth Thomas vanished from Columbia, Tennessee. Our efforts to locate her – and the man believed to have kidnapped her – remain active and ongoing, but to this point have produced no credible sightings or actionable information about their whereabouts. The individuals could be anywhere.”

    Tennessee authorities say they “can place Thomas in Decatur, Alabama at approximately 3:06 CST on Monday afternoon (March 13), though neither individual has a known connection there and may have just been passing through the area.”

    They say they have received 450 tips, but have no credible sightings of the girl and teacher since the one in Alabama, leading them to believe “Cummins could have Thomas hidden from view of the general public or far away from Tennessee.”

    The TBI urged “property owners – especially in rural areas – to search their grounds for the individuals, the vehicle, or any sign of suspicious activity” and said people should be vigilant around campgrounds.

    Learn more here:

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    Tad Cummins: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

    Tad Cummins is a Tennessee teacher accused of taking missing teenager Elizabeth Thomas. Instagram and Twitter pages in his name talk about teaching and love.

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    Jayden & Carlos Cortez: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

    Authorities launched an aggressive search for two adorable toddlers who were in a car that was stolen.

    Within several hours, they found the boys. The children were located safe.

    Sheriff’s officials in Cathedral City, California gave the brothers’ names as Jayden and Carlos Cortez.

    They sought the public’s help in finding the boys.

    Here’s what you need to know:


    1. A Babysitter Was Watching the Boys When They Vanished

    The toddlers were in a car that belonged to their babysitter, according to The Associated Press.

    The boys disappeared at about 6:44 p.m. on March 23. The car was later located, with the boys inside unharmed.


    2. Police Released Detailed Descriptions of the Boys

    Jayden Cortez was described as being 1, and Carlos Cortez was 2, according to the Amber Alert. Police said they were last seen in a white Honda Accord, California license plate 7TJR654.

    Jayden, who is 1-foot-6 and 30 pounds, was last seen wearing a white shirt and blue shorts. Carlos is 2 feet and 40 pounds, police said.


    3. The Car Was Stolen When the Babysitter Stepped Away to Run an Errand

    The AP reported that the babysitter “stepped out for an errand and someone stole” the car.

    The toddlers were inside at the time, in the backseat.


    4. Police Released No Information on the Toddlers’ Parents or a Suspect but the Boys’ Father Has Shared Information on the Situation on Facebook

    Information released on March 23 was sparse. Police did not release information on a suspect, including any description.

    The names of the boys’ mother and father were also not released. However, the father, also named Carlos Cortez, has posted a string of posts on Facebook about the missing toddlers, including, “My boys are in the car if anyone sees anything plz let me know or the police.”

    Friends and family posted prayers and well wishes on his wall.


    5. Cathedral City Is Near Palm Springs, California

    CBS Los Angeles reported that the boys were taken from the 31500 block of Whispering Palms in Cathedral City.

    That’s a community located about seven miles from Palm Springs, California.

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    Jill Cummins, Tad’s Wife: 5 Fast Facts You need to Know

    The Facebook page that Tad Cummins shared with his wife, Jill, contains this photo with the words “I love us” that was posted on Valentine’s Day. (Facebook)

    The wife of the teacher who is on the run with his teenage student has publicly urged her husband to turn himself in.

    Jill Cummins has been married to Tad Cummins since 1985, and she’s also a Maury County school employee. Tad Cummins, 50, is accused of abducting high school freshman, Elizabeth Thomas, 15, with whom he’s suspected of having a romantic relationship.

    Authorities have issued an Amber Alert in their quest to find Thomas, but the teacher and student vanished March 13. There’s been no concrete sign of the Tennessee pair, although there was a possible sighting in Texas.

    Here’s what you need to know:


    1. Jill Cummins Pleaded With Her Husband to ‘Bring Beth Home’

    Tad Cummins’ wife appeared at a press conference on March 17 along with the family’s pastor to urge her husband to bring Thomas back. Authorities said she wanted to give a statement but would not take questions, and they said they wanted “Tad to hear directly from her.”

    “Like so many of you, I’m deeply troubled by what’s happened in the past few days,” Jill said. “I certainly can’t begin to explain why I think this occurred, but I do know one thing. I had no idea my husband was involved in anything that could have led to all of this. My heart breaks for the family of Beth Thomas. I want her home just as much as the rest of you, and I’m also very worried about Tad.”

    She then said she wanted to speak directly to her husband.

    “Tad, this is not you. This is not who you are. We can help you get through this. No matter how far you’ve gone and what’s happening right now, God’s grace is sufficient for you, and He wants you to come home. Your family wants their Poppy back. Please do the right thing, and turn yourself into the police and bring Beth home. To those of you in the media, thank you for helping to spread the word. Help us to get this message out as far as we can because we need help to find Tad and Beth and to bring them home safely.”

    On March 26, Cummins’ wife pleaded a second time for him to come home, saying to NBC News, “You know you can’t hide forever. For your sake and for Beth’s sake, please go to the police or please just drop Beth off somewhere safe.”

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    2. Neighbors Described Tad Cummins as Devoted to His Family & Jill Also Works for the School System

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    Tad Cummins and his wife, Jill Cummins. (Facebook)

    Jill Cummins also works for the Maury County school system, where her husband was a health teacher, reported the Columbia Daily Herald. Tad and Jill Cummins lived in Columbia, Tennessee.

    Jill Cummins works in the central office, according to the district’s Facebook page. Her Twitter profile describes her as “Maury County Schools Administrative Assistant in Dept. of Instruction.”

    Neighbors expressed surprise at the direction Cummins has taken.

    WHNT News 19 quoted a neighbor as saying of Cummins: “[He’s] very dedicated to his family, appeared to be very respectful, to everyone.” Another neighbor told the television station: “It was a surprise because he’s such an honest man. You know we always thought he was a down to earth guy. He’s always helped my elderly grandparents over here if they needed help.”


    3. Tad & Jill Cummins Posted Many Pictures of Themselves Together

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    Missing teacher Tad Cummins is pictured here in this Facebook photo with his wife, Jill. (Facebook)

    Before he disappeared, the joint Facebook page that Jill and Tad shared posted many photos of them together, sometimes with love sayings.

    The page’s profile page is now a Bible verse.

    The public photos on the page now showcase the couple’s grandchildren and dog. In 2012, Cummins posted a photo on Twitter of his 4-year-old grandson setting up a chessboard and eating carrots.

    Cummins is described in the Amber Alert as a “white male, 6’0”, 200 pounds, brown hair and eyes. He is believed to be armed with two handguns and driving a Silver Nissan Rogue, TN tag, 976ZPT. A warrant has been issued for Cummins for Sexual Contact with a Minor.”

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    Tad Cummins and Elizabeth Thomas. (TBI)

    The alert says Thomas “is white, blonde hair, hazel eyes, 5’5” and 120 pounds, last seen wearing a flannel shirt and black leggings. She may be in the area of Decatur Alabama.”


    4. Tad Cummins Told People That Elizabeth Attended Church With the Couple

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    Tad Cummins. (Twitter)

    The couple’s Facebook page says they were married on July 20, 1985. They have several children and grandchildren, according to Facebook. Tad Cummins is accused of kissing Thomas in front of one of his grandchildren.

    According to The Columbia Daily Herald, another student walked in on Cummins and Thomas kissing in a classroom. “Cummins and Thomas were sitting side by side in chairs and kissed on the lips as the grandchild, who also attends Culleoka, was using one of the classroom’s computers,” the newspaper reported.

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    Anthony Thomas. the father of missing teen Elizabeth Thomas, shared this photo of his daughter on Twitter. He wrote, “Izzy! Please come home to us! I can’t live without you!!!😥😥😥😥” (Twitter)

    According to the newspaper, the witness confronted Cummins about the situation, and “he told her they had a daughter-father relationship. They went to church together every Sunday with Tad’s wife. He said he wanted to reassure Beth that no matter how rough her life has been, he was there for her.”

    A neighbor told The Tennessean that Tad Cummins took the family car, leaving behind a jeep that his wife can’t drive because she doesn’t know how to drive a stick.


    5. Tad Cummins & the Teen Posted About Love on Social Media

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    Tad Cummins and Elizabeth Thomas. (TBI and Twitter photos)

    According to NBC News, before disappearing, Cummins was suspended after defying orders not to have Thomas in his classroom. He has since been fired. The school has defended itself and released a timeline of how it all unfolded. The bottom line is that there were questions about Tad Cummins’ relationship with Thomas for several weeks before he disappeared.

    Before he disappeared with the teen on March 13, Cummins looked up information on teen marriage, NBC News reported. Thomas changed her Instagram profile to “wife.” The teen’s social media posts alternated between posts about love and those of self loathing, including posts about depression and wanting to die. Tad Cummins posted many graphics with sayings about love on Instagram.

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    Elizabeth Thomas. (Photo from Tennessee Bureau of Investigation)

    Cummins is accused of grooming the teen, who was home schooled until this year and suffered abuse in the home.

    A low number of tips might mean that he is having Thomas sleep in his car or otherwise keeping her out of the public eye, according to TBI. “She’s a high school freshman. He was a teacher accused of kidnapping her. Let’s find her now,” the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation wrote.

    According to WSMV, “police arrested Elizabeth’s mother, Kimberly Thomas, last year. She was charged with five counts of child abuse and neglect. According to court documents, Kimberly Thomas beat Elizabeth and four of her siblings.”

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    Elizabeth Thomas & Tad Cummins Sighting Update

    Tad Cummins and Elizabeth Thomas at an Oklahoma Walmart. (TBI)

    Tennessee authorities hunting for a missing teacher and his student say there’s been a confirmed sighting of the pair at an Oklahoma City Walmart.

    They also say that teacher Tad Cummins and student Elizabeth Thomas appear to have dyed their hair – with Thomas now having red hair. The tip came in on March 30, just over two weeks after Cummins and Thomas were captured on video at the Walmart. Authorities – who have launched an aggressive manhunt for the pair – are trying to figure out which car they drove there. It’s not clear whether the Tennessee teacher and student are still in Oklahoma.

    The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation released a series of new photos on March 31 that they say is high school health teacher Cummins and freshman Thomas. It’s the first confirmed sighting of Thomas and Cummins; the day before, in Tennessee, there was another reported sighting, but it was later declared false.

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    Elizabeth Thomas at the Walmart. (TBI)

    Here’s how they looked before vanishing:

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    Tad Cummins and Elizabeth Thomas. (TBI and Twitter photos)

    “Investigators obtained surveillance images from a Walmart on East I-240 Service Road in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma from the afternoon of March 15th, showing Tad Cummins and Elizabeth Thomas shopping at the store,” the TBI wrote in an update to its Amber Alert in the Thomas case. “Cummins used cash to purchase various food items, but did not purchase anything else of significance.”

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    Cummins and Thomas. (TBI)

    Cummins, 50, and Thomas, 15, have been on the run since mid March, when they vanished in the midst of an investigation into a complaint that Cummins, who has now been fired, was seen kissing Thomas in a classroom. Cummins taught at Culleoka High School in Tennessee. Cummins’ wife, Jill, has publicly urged her husband to return the teen.

    Before they vanished, both Cummins and Thomas made extensive posts about love on Instagram, although the teen mixed her love posts with those about depression and even death. Authorities say that Thomas was abused in the home. Thomas calls herself “wife” on Instagram, and posted a graphic from Beauty and the Beast around the time she vanished that says “every beauty needs her beast to protect her from everything but him.”

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    Elizabeth Thomas’ father took to Twitter and posted several photos of his missing daughter, including this one. The father urged his daughter to come home and asked for the public’s help in finding her. (Twitter)

    According to the TBI, “Thomas is a 15-year-old white female, with hazel eyes, stands 5’0” and weighs 120 pounds. She was last seen wearing a flannel shirt and black leggings. Cummins is a white male, who stands 6’0”, weighs approximately 200 pounds, and has brown hair and eyes.”

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    Tad Cummins on March 15. (TBI)

    Authorities say they believe Cummins is “armed with two handguns and driving a silver Nissan Rogue with Tennessee tag 976-ZPT. A warrant has been issued for Cummins for Sexual Contact with a Minor and Aggravated Kidnapping. On Friday, the TBI added him to the state’s ‘Top 10 Most Wanted’ list. There is a $1,000 reward for information leading to his capture.”

    As of March 31, the TBI, says it has received more than 1,200 tips from across the country. “The TBI would urge the public to remain vigilant and report any information that may prove beneficial in the ongoing search to 1-800-TBI-FIND. If you spot the vehicle and can verify the license plate to be TN 976-ZPT, call 911 immediately,” the authorities say.

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    On March 20, one week after Cummins and Thomas disappeared, the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation released this photo of Cummins. It was taken shortly before he vanished. The teacher and student were still on the run. The Walmart pictures, taken after this one, indicate he has tried to alter his appearance by darkening his hair. (TBI)

    Authorities accused Cummins of grooming Thomas for abuse by playing on her problems at home. According to WSMV, Thomas was home schooled until her freshman year of high school. The television station quoted the local district attorney as saying her home life was a troubled one.

    The television station reported that “police arrested Elizabeth’s mother, Kimberly Thomas, last year. She was charged with five counts of child abuse and neglect. According to court documents, Kimberly Thomas beat Elizabeth and four of her siblings.”

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