TBI urges vigilance as search continues for Middle Tenn. girl

The last time anyone saw 15-year-old Mary Catherine Elizabeth Thomas was on March 13. Cummins, a Maury County, Tennessee teacher was sacked after being accused of having sexual contact with the Thomas, according to the TBI.

Then, nothing. Investigators say they have received 250 tips from 24 states, but not enough information to tighten the dragnet despite a multistate manhunt and Cummins's addition to Tennessee's most wanted list. She was last seen wearing a flannel shirt and black leggings, investigators said.

Cummins is a 6-foot white male with brown hair and brown eyes and weighs 200 pounds. "We are going to get her back", said her father, Anthony. School officials said Cummins was dismissed as a result of the district investigation.

Elizabeth Thomas, 15, is believed to be in the company of Tad Cummins, 50. Her former teacher Tad Cummins allegedly is shown on surveillance footage from a gas station near the restaurant.

"Tad, this is not you". The latter claim stems from an alleged sexual interaction between him and Thomas in January on school property.

Almost two months before a high school student and her former teacher went missing, they were alleged to have been seen kissing by another student in the teacher's classroom.

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Clues about the suspected kidnapping were seen on Instagram when both teacher and student posted messages on Instagram that caught the attention of law enforcement; Thomas posted a quote about Beauty and the Beast and Cummins wrote: "Let's do this".

Pictured is Elizabeth Thomas, the subject of a statewide AMBER Alert in Tennessee. He said Thomas met Cummins at her school in Maury County, Tennessee, where he worked as a teacher.

"Thomas is 5'5" and 120 pounds with blonde hair and hazel eyes. A reward has been offered for any information that may lead to an arrest.

Cummins' wife, Jill Cummins, on Friday asked her husband to turn himself in and bring the teenager home. "One day you will find someone who can't imagine living their life without you". He is believed to be armed with two pistols and driving a silver Nissan Rogue.

After being suspended, Cummins took to Instagram, posting things like "It was love at first sight" and "Something attractive is on the horizon", leading many to wonder, what happened during those 14 days when Cummins and Thomas were at school together?

"I think that every day that goes by, we get more concern for [Thomas'] well-being", DeVine says.

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