15-year-old Elizabeth Thomas, subject of an Amber Alert is supposed to be with ex-teacher Tad Cummins.
The search for a missing 15-year-old Tennessee girl believed to be with a teacher way pretty cold,” Fox 17 Nashville reports.
The hunt for blond hair and Elizabeth Thomas went to a fifth day, Friday. The Tennessee investigation bureau is looking for her and 50-year-old Maury County Schools teacher Tad Cummins. The TBI has a second Amber Alert for the girl. Researchers believe Cummins is possible kidnapped girl to “potentially sexually exploit her.”
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“It is absolutely important that everybody in this country knows about these people because frankly, they can be anywhere now,” TBI spokesman Josh DeVine said Thursday, according to the station. “We have amped up our language, because we really need the public to know that this young girl is in danger.”
The pair may have driven to Decatur, Ala., on Monday, the station Thursday reported.
UPDATE: Here is the latest in our ongoing #TNAMBERAlert. We will do everything we can to get Elizabeth home. https://t.co/iJs4ZXusme pic.twitter.com/tnamANlpi7
— TBI (@TBInvestigation) March 16, 2017
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DeVine says that the researchers have received 125 leads. He said that the song was “alarmingly low.”
Cummins is supposedly armed with two pistols, according to the station. An arrest warrant accuses him of sexual contact with a minor.
A friend dropped Elizabeth off at a shoney’s in Columbia, Tenn., Monday morning.
Authorities released surveillance video shows Cummins at a petrol station near the restaurant a short time later.
TBI believes Cummins took a $4,500 cash loan from a few days ago.
Cummins, 50, was caught kissing Thomas at the school Jan. 23, the lawyer of Elizabeth’s father, Anthony Thomas, told The Columbia Daily Herald.
Lawyer Jason Whatley said school officials knew a day later, but could Cummins to keep teaching until Feb. 6 while they investigated, the paper reported Thursday.
“Our client was only informed of the incident on Jan. 31,” Whatley told the newspaper. “All his focus is on finding his daughter, and finding her life. But we make our serious concerns about the school’s delay in telling the Lord Thomas, and to allow him to remain in the class.”
The school district fired Cummins on Tuesday, according to Fox 17.
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