AMBER Alert Update: Man suspected of abducting TN teen girl makes ‘Most Wanted’ list; wife pleas for him to turn himself in

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Elizabeth Thomas is still missing and due to the urgency of the case, the FBI has joined in on the efforts to bring her back home safely to her family.


Charges have been updated for the former teacher accused of abducting a 15-year-old girl. He’s now on the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation’s (TBI) Top 10 Most Wanted list. Earlier today, his wife made a frantic flee for him to turn himself in.

“Tad this is not you. This is not who you are. We can help you get through this…Your family wants their Poppy back. Please do the right thing and turn yourself into police and bring Beth home.”

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The 15-year-old  was last seen on March 13, in Columbia, Tennessee. Her disappearance resulted in 125 leads, and according to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI), the numbers are “alarming low” for an AMBER Alert case. TBI spokesman Josh DeVine stressed the urgency of keep the case going and in front of as many eyes as possible.

AMBER ALERT: We're continuing to learn more about this situation and need your help and vigilance to bring this girl…

Posted by Tennessee Bureau of Investigation on Thursday, March 16, 2017

“It’s absolutely important that everyone in this nation know about these individuals because frankly, they could be anywhere right now.  We’ve amped up our language because we really need the public to know that this young girl is in danger.”

Elizabeth may be with Tad Cummins, a 50-year-old former teacher who possibly “groomed” her over time and is now sexually exploiting her.

She’s described as 5-feet-five inches tall, weighing around 120 pounds, with blond hair and hazel eyes. Elizabeth was last seen wearing black leggings and a flannel shirt. Cummins is described as 6 feet tall with brown hair and brown eyes. He weighs around 200 pounds.

The pair may be in a silver Nissan Rogue with Tennessee license plate number, 976-ZPT. The video below shows Cummins filling his vehicle with gas shortly before Elizabeth disappeared. Cummins may have guns in his posesseion. Investigators urge the public to not approach him. Instead, contact the Maury County, Tennessee Sheriff’s Office at (931) 375-8654 or TBI at 1-800-TBI-FIND.

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