Concern Grows for Tennessee Girl, 15, Who Vanished With Teacher, 50

Elizabeth Thomas and Tad Cummins

"Efforts to locate missing high school freshman Elizabeth Thomas remain active and ongoing as the concern about her relationship with former teacher Tad Cummins-and his intentions for her-only heighten the urgency surrounding this ongoing AMBER Alert in Tennessee and Alabama", the TBI said Saturday. It doesn't have to be me, it can be anyone.

With tears in her eyes and standing beside her pastor, Cummins spoke directly to her husband via the TV cameras: "We can help you get through this".

"We have a suspicion that there was communication going on through social media, but through posts that were public, that were intended for the child", said Whatley. "Please, please come home".

Thomas, 15, disappeared on Monday, March 13, and is believed to have been kidnapped by 50-year-old Tad Cummins, a former teacher at her school in Maury County, according to the TBI.

A lawyer for the Thomas family described Cummins as "obviously a man who is not in control of his faculties".

They are believed to be in a silver Nissan Rogue with Tennessee tags 976 ZPT.

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation said it remains "extremely concerned" about the well-being of the 15-year-old.

Elizabeth was last seen wearing a flannel shirt and black leggings.

District Attorney General Brent Cooper said Cummins will be charged with the aggravated kidnapping of Thomas, in addition to charges he faces for an interaction that took place with Thomas at Culleoka Unit School, where he taught and she was a student.

From the date of the alleged incident to the issuance of the January 30 district report, Cummins was still teaching at the school, and Elizabeth was still in one of his classes, according to the district report.

Thomas' family said in a statement, "We ask that you continue to share Elizabeth's story and to immediately notify law enforcement if you think you may have seen her". The incident was reported to the school the next day, he said.

The report also said "Cummins will be reprimanded in regards to his duty to uphold his professional responsibility and behavior as a teacher".

Just a few days ago, Cummins' wife, Jill, begged him to do the right thing. The same day Cummins was seen in the area of Decatur, Ala. "I tried to convince her that you don't go from jobs like that to teaching in a rural school", Anthony Thomas said. "He's not been himself ever since". According to reports, the teacher was caught kissing Elizabeth Thomas.

"He had told her that he had been in the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Central Intelligence Agency".

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