Tad Cummins added to TBI’s Top 10 Most Wanted list


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NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation says Tad Cummins, the man who authorities believe kidnapped 15-year-old Elizabeth Thomas, has been added to their Top 10 Most Wanted list.

A $1,000 reward is being offered for any information leading to his capture.

Authorities said Elizabeth is in a “dire situation” as she has not been seen or heard from for the past four days. In fact, the TBI said they have had a shocking low number of tips in this case.

Because of the length of time, an additional warrant has been issued for Cummins on charges of aggravated kidnapping. If convicted, he faces 8 to 12 years behind bars.

He has already been charged for having sexual contact with a minor.

Cummins was a teacher at the Elizabeth’s school until he was fired this week.

Elizabeth was last seen around 8 a.m. at the Shoney’s in Columbia, Tennessee. Her parents reported her missing that very same day, with an Amber Alert being issued the following day. She was later spotted in Decatur, Alabama around 3 p.m. Monday.

Elizabeth is a 15-year-old white female, with blonde hair, hazel eyes, stands 5’5” and weighs 120 pounds. She was last seen wearing a flannel shirt and black leggings.

Cummins is a white male, who stands 6’0”, weighs approximately 200 pounds, and has brown hair and eyes. He is believe to be armed with two handguns and driving a silver Nissan Rogue with Tennessee tag 976-ZPT.

Cummins is considered armed and dangerous, having access to two handguns.

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