The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation remains concerned about the well-being of Elizabeth Thomas, 15 (L), who is a victim in an expanded AMBER alert and be on the lookout alert across the country. Tad Cummins, 50 (R) is accused of abducting the teen.
Tennessee Bureau of Investigation agents are still looking for 15-year-old Elizabeth Thomas, who they said was taken by her teacher, 50-year-old Tad Cummins. As of Friday, the TBI said during a news conference that Cummins had been added to the TBI's Top 10 Most Wanted list for kidnapping Thomas.
Agents said they learned Thomas was in Decatur, Alabama by 3:06 p.m. Monday.
On Wednesday, TBI released video of Cummins, who appears to be at a Tennessee gas station before abducting Thomas.
The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation released the following statement:
We're continuing to track down every possible detail leading up to the disappearance of Tad Cummins and Elizabeth Thomas. Here's surveillance video of Cummins, filling his Nissan Rogue with gasoline, which we believe he did just prior to picking up Thomas at a nearby Shoney's, which is the last known sighting of Thomas. The 15-year-old remains the subject of a Tennessee AMBER Alert.
Agents said Cummins will now face a charge of sexual contact with a minor connected to an alleged sexual interaction between himself and Thomas at the school where he taught and she was a student.
District Attorney General Brent Cooper announced Friday that Cummins also faces an aggravated kidnapping charge.
NEW PICTURES: Various shots of Ted Cummins in the past few weeks, including the vehicle he's believed to be driving. TN TAG: 976-ZPT. pic.twitter.com/mlrPPlcXoQ
“Since issuing the AMBER Alert at approximately 6:00 CST Tuesday, the TBI has received approximately 120 leads,” the organization said in an update Thursday. “None has produced any credible sightings about the whereabouts of either individual. Because of the shockingly low number of tips, the TBI has concluded the individuals are likely out of the view of the general public or outside the original net cast across the southeast to notify the public about their disappearance. Having last been seen on Monday morning, the individuals could, frankly, be anywhere.”