TBI Update On Amber Alert & Search For 15-Year-Old Tennessee Girl

Elizabeth Thomas

Elizabeth Thomas

In a news conference at the Maury Country Sheriff's Office in Tennessee on Friday, Jill Cummins directly addressed her husband Tad Cummins - whom authorities believe is with his 15-year-old former student, Mary Catherine Elizabeth Thomas.

Cummins now faces a charge of aggravated kidnapping in addition to the charges of sexual misconduct with Thomas during his time as a teacher. If you spot the Nissan Rogue and can verify the license plate to be TN 976-ZPT, call 911.

"Thomas is 15 year of age, approximately 5'5" and weighs 120 pounds.

Investigators said Cummins may have "groomed" the girl, abusing his position as a teacher and possibly sexually exploiting her while carefully planning the disappearance. She was last seen wearing a flannel shirt and black leggings. Agents suggested that Cummins is trying to stay out of public view.

Tad Cummins was added to the "Top 10 Most Wanted" list Friday, and a warrant is out against him for sexual contact with a minor.

"I want you to come home, because we all love you".

It is the lowest number of leads for an AMBER Alert that we've seen go this long.

The 15-year-old was reported missing on Monday.

"I'd just tell Tad, you know, you've made a huge mistake here and the consequences are only going to get worse the longer this goes on".

Tears threatened to escape her eyes as Jill Cummins stood next to her pastor and asked her husband to surrender himself to authorities. "Please do the right thing and turn yourself into the police and bring Beth home". TBI has said they don't believe either Thomas or Cummins had any connection to the area and may have just been passing through.

Cummins is described as 6 feet tall, with brown hair, brown eyes, and weighing 200lbs.

"Having last been seen on Monday morning, the individuals could, frankly, be anywhere", the TBI said.

TBI believes Cummins took out a $4,500 cash loan a few days ago.

The TBI is urging the public to remain vigilant and contact the TBI with any information at 1-800-TBI-FIND. Cummins was suspended by the school at the time of the pair's disappearance and formally dismissed on Tuesday over the incident.

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