Vigil for missing Tennessee girl,15, 'snatched by her former teacher'

Justin Greene
March 21, 2017

It has been nearly a week since the Amber Alert was issued for 15-year-old Mary Catherine Elizabeth Thomas and Tad Cummins.

A former Tennessee teacher has been added to the state's "Top 10 Most Wanted" list after being charged with aggravated kidnapping in the disappearance of a 15-year-old girl.

A spokesperson for the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation says they have had more than 250 tips called in but so far there have been no credible sightings.

Thomas was last seen when she was dropped off at a Shoney's restaurant in Columbia between 7:30 and 7:45 a.m. on Monday.

Cummins is 6 feet tall and 200 pounds. "We are going to get her back", said her father, Anthony. "In fact, it only heightens it", investigators said.

People who know the former teacher describe him as "always respectful" and someone who is "very dedicated and devoted to his family and his church".

Photo of Tad Cummins a week before he and Elizabeth Thomas disappeared.

Cummins was a teacher at Culleoka and was suspended and later fired this week after the Amber Alert was issued.


He said Cummins had told his daughter that he had been in the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Central Intelligence Agency. Her family and friends had a candlelight vigil Saturday night in Columbia.

Thomas was reportedly last seen in Decatur, Alabama, on Monday afternoon.

The family of the missing Middle Tennessee teen at the center of a nationwide Amber Alert made a plea for her safe return. "The mission of our agency is to find him, make sure he's in custody, and bring her home". Cummins' post was terminated by the Maury County school district on Tuesday as part of an investigation into alleged inappropriate contact Cummins had with Thomas earlier in the year.

Cummins' wife, Jill, attended the press conference alongside deputies and pleaded for her husband to surrender. Authorities believe they're travelling together in the auto, which has the Tennessee license plate 976-ZPT.

She is 5 feet, 5 inches tall and weighs 120 pounds.

Anyone who provides information leading to Cummins' arrest will be eligible for a $1,000 reward.

A break in the case would be something as small as one person who's driving down the road and see a Tennessee license plate, Devine tells reporters.

She went on to speak to Tad saying, "this is not who you are". "I urge Mr. Cummins to pick up that phone and call someone. and let us know where you are so you can start dealing with the consequences".

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