The lawyer representing the Thomas family is hoping donations from concerned citizens will lead to the capture of former Tennessee teacher, Tad Cummins, who remains on the run with 15-year-old Elizabeth Thomas.
Jason Whatley, Tennessee lawyer and founder of Whatley & Associates, is hoping to raise at least $25,000 in reward money, for whoever can provide information that leads to the capture of Cummins, who’s accused of fleeing Columbia with his former student, Elizabeth, on March 13.
MEDIA: Here's a quick video clip of Tad Cummins & Elizabeth Thomas entering the Walmart in Oklahoma City on 3/15.https://t.co/tIsI94rT6a
— TBI (@TBInvestigation) March 31, 2017
Currently, the reward fund has reached a little over $10,000, thanks to the generosity of two of Cummins’ former co-workers, but Whatley told Crime Online that the more money raised, the better chance there is of authorities finding Cummins.
“As bad as it sounds, the higher the reward, the more chances he’ll (Cummins) get caught.”
Whatley is working pro bono for the Whatley family and as a father of five, hopes that Elizabeth can be returned to her father, Anthony Thomas, and her siblings as soon as possible. He stated that all money raised is put into a secure trust fund for the sole purposes of encouraging people to remain vigilant about being on the lookout for Cummins and Elizabeth.
If spotted, Cummins should not be approached. The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI) indicated that Cummins may have two firearms in his possession. His wife, Jill Cummins, who recently filed for divorce, told authorities that two guns were missing from the family home. Instead, contact authorities immediately, and if possible, get a photo, especially of a license plate number if he’s spotted in a vehicle.
It's been a week, but we're not giving up hope. Stay vigilant, stay alert, and let us know if you spot these individuals or this vehicle. pic.twitter.com/jDACuW1iUg
— TBI (@TBInvestigation) March 20, 2017
TBI is offering a separate, additional reward of $1,000 for anyone who provides information that leads to Cummins’ arrest.
Anyone who donates will be mailed a physical receipt. At this time, only checks are accepted. Mail donations to:
Whatley & Associates
29 Public Square
Columbia, TN 38401
Checks should made out to “Whatley & Associates.” Be certain to specify “Elizabeth Thomas trust fund.”
[Feature Photo: TBI/Inside Edition]