Tips pour in after teen taken by teacher triggers nationwide alert

The TBI believes Cummins is armed with two handguns and is "extremely concerned for the well-being of Elizabeth Thomas".

Cummins' wife also spoke out, hoping to reach her husband, to encourage him to turn himself in. "Having now been on the run for more than five days, Cummins may have taken her, frankly, anywhere", the Amber Alert update said.

Elizabeth is one of ten children, and her mother is now facing five counts of child abuse.

Investigators say Thomas was last seen Monday morning being dropped off at a Shoney's restaurant in Columbia.

Going forward, DeVine said detectives are working to learn the pair's movements in the weeks leading up to their disappearance, noting that they may now have different hairstyles. "In fact, it only heightens it", investigators said.

Jason Whatley says the 15-year-old's father hired him to help keep Tad Cummins away from his daughter amid allegations he had sexual contact with her. "My heart breaks for the family of Beth Thomas", Jill Cummins said.

"What scares us about Mr. Cummins is he's sort given up his life at this point", Maury County Sheriff Bucky Rowland told ABC News.

"Tad, this is not you".

On March 11, Thomas posted a quote to her account that says, "One day someone will look at you like you are the most flawless thing they have ever seen". 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".

Tennessee police are renewing their plea to the public to be on the lookout for a 50-year-old teacher accused of kidnapping a 15-year-old female student.

TBI reports that there have been no credible sightings since then.

The Maury County School District fired Cummins on Tuesday.

But the Thomas family attorney said Elizabeth's father was never alerted by the school and that he found out about the alleged incident on January 31, more than a week after the event purportedly happened, when sheriff's deputies called to ask the father questions, according to a letter from the family's attorney to the school district's superintendent. "No matter how far you've gone or what is happening right now, God's grace is sufficient for you and he wants you to come home".

She is described as white, with blonde hair and hazel eyes, 5 feet 5 inches tall and 120 pounds, and was last seen wearing a flannel shirt and black leggings.

"Thomas is believed to be in the custody of 50-year-old Tad Cummins, a white male who stands 6'0" and weighs approximately 200 pounds, and has brown hair and eyes.

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