Cummins is now on the state's Top 10 Most Wanted list. The TBI has issued a second Amber Alert for the girl and investigators believe Cummins may have abducted the girl to "potentially sexually exploit her". She likely is wearing the flannel shirt and black leggings police say she was last seen wearing.
Cummins stands six feet tall, weighs about 200 pounds and has brown hair and eyes. Cummins was not Thomas' teacher, and the history of their relationship is unknown, TBI Private Investigative Officer Josh Devine said.
News 2 spoke with the attorney for the family of Elizabeth Thomas, who said he was hired before she went missing. The TBI would also encourage campgrounds, parks, and other isolated areas to remain vigilant and on the lookout for any sign of Elizabeth Thomas or Tad Cummins.
Cummins, a former health science teacher at Culleoka Unit School, is now one of Tennessee's most wanted men.
As People reports, Jill claims that she didn't have a clue that her husband "was involved with anything that could have led to this".
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Almost two months before a high school student and her former teacher went missing, they were alleged to have been seen kissing by another student in the teacher's classroom. Surveillance video appears to show Cummins at a nearby gas station getting fuel.
She is 5 feet 5 inches and weighs 120 pounds.
Authorities are warning former high school teacher Tad Cummins is armed with two handguns and should be considered risky.
The family of the missing Middle Tennessee teen at the center of a nationwide Amber Alert made a plea for her safe return.
Clues about the suspected kidnapping were seen on Instagram when both teacher and student posted messages on Instagram that caught the attention of law enforcement; Thomas posted a quote about Beauty and the Beast and Cummins wrote: "Let's do this".
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"Please do the right thing", she added. A $1,000 reward is being offered for information leading to his arrest.
On Tuesday, the school district in Maury County terminated Cummins in the wake of an ongoing investigation into alleged inappropriate contact he had with Thomas at the school earlier this year, the TBI said. Anyone who sees the vehicle is asked to call 911 or 1-800-TBI-FIND.
She went on to speak to Tad saying, "this is not who you are".
"We all love you very much and we miss you. the house is not the same without you here".
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But after emergency services took 30 minutes to arrive, her sister tearfully explained they were anxious she wouldn't make it. As soon as they joined her on stage, Wade got down on one knee and proposed to Chris, who accepted his marriage proposal.