Tennessee Amber Alert: Possible sighting of ex-teacher, a missing teenager


Authorities in Tennessee are investigating a new possible sighting Thursday of a ex-teacher and a student, he is accused of kidnapping.

Officials are hunting for a 50-year-old Tad Cummins and 15-year-old Elizabeth Thomas, who was last seen March 13.

The Collierville Police Department, located in the western part of the state, said the sighting was reported around 12:30 a.m. local time at the Shell petrol station. Thomas and Cummins were reported to be traveling in a white Chevrolet panel van with a ladder rack and, if necessary, a blue or aqua colored tube on the top.”

Shabana Mavani, an employee of the gas station where the sighting possibly occurred, told Fox 17 the police came to the shop and showed them a picture of Cummins and Thomas. Mavani said didn’t even know about them until the police arrived, the employees of the photos.

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Mavani said two people who have similar parable came into the store, bought a number of items, and that “the man looked excited and ready to go”, while the girl “seemed to be quiet and comfortable.”

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, however, said there is still a substantiated observation of Thomas and Cummins.

We are investigating a reported #TNAMBERAlert perception in Collierville, TENNESSEE. However, We have not confirmed as substantiated in this time.

— TBI (@TBInvestigation) March 30, 2017

While the latter observation has not been confirmed by Fox 13 in Memphis reported that a deputy, identified on the basis of Cummins surveillance video.

Cummins has been added to Tennessee’s most Wanted List after he was suspected of the kidnapping of Thomas earlier this month. The authorities of an Amber Alert issued for a silver Nissan Rogue with license plate 976ZPT.

Researchers believe Cummins is possible kidnapped girl to “potentially sexually exploit her.”

Cummins was Thomas’ former teacher and wants to have sexual contact with the teenager while teaching at the Culleoka Unit of the School as a health science teacher.

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