Kidnapped Student being Forced to Marry by Teacher?

Natalie Sherwood

HC Tiger Times

Former teacher, Tad Cummins, has been accused of convincing teenage student, Elizabeth Thomas, to run away with him. Cummins was recently fired from his teaching job last week due to alleged inappropriate behavior with said teen. He faces charges of sexual contact with a minor and aggravated kidnapping. Both posted perplexic messages on instagram when Thomas disappeared. Cummins posted “Let’s do this.” and Elizabeth posted a quote from “Beauty and the Beast.” Sources say Cummins was recently looking up teen marriage, and Thomas changed her instagram bio. To wife. Elizabeth Thomas was last seen one week ago in a restaurant in Columbia, wearing black leggings and a flannel shirt.Investigators have been unable to locate Elizabeth and Cummins, partly because both of their cellular devices have been turned off.

insta eliz

Fifty-year-old Cummins worked at the Central Tennessee High School, where fifteen-year-old Elizabeth Thomas, was a freshman. The school district reported that Cummins was suspended right when they were notified that another student saw Cummins and Thomas kissing in the hall, but the school was notified in a letter by Jason Whatley, the Thomas family attorney, who claims that the school district waited more than a week to take action on the matter. Tad Cummins” wife, Jill Cummins, begged him to come home, stating “This is not who you are. We can help you get through this.” She also added, “My heart breaks for the family of Beth Thomas.”

What you need to look for:

Elizabeth Thomas: The 15-year-old has light brown or blond hair and hazel eyes. She is 5 feet 5 inches tall and weighs 120 pounds. She was last seen wearing a flannel shirt and black leggings.

Tad Cummins: The 50-year-old has brown hair, brown eyes and a gray goatee. He is 6 feet tall and weighs about 200 pounds. He is believed to be armed.

Vehicle: Silver Nissan Rogue, Tennessee tag 976-ZPT

Reward: $1,000

Who to call: 1-800-TBI-FIND

Sources:

CNN

ABC News

New York Post

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