TBI: Amber Alert remains active for 15-year-old abducted by teacher

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MEMPHIS, TN - UPDATE Monday 3:00 p.m. 

The TBI shared an update about the missing Tenn. 15-year-old who was abducted by her former teacher, Tad Cummins. 

The TBI has received more than 450 leads, but they said the lack of substantial leads makes them believe Cummins is keeping her hidden. 

There is a $1,000 reward for information leading to an arrest. Cummins was added to Tennessee's Most Wanted list. 

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Elizabeth's brother, James Thomas has spoken out stating, "We are worried sick. My dad, his health is declining." 

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EARLIER: The Amber Alert remains active for 15-year-old Elizabeth Thomas. She was abducted by her former teacher Tad Cummins, according to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation. 

The TBI said they have received 250 tips from 24 states. 

If you have any information you are urged to call 1-800- TBI- FIND. 

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation confirmed during a news conference on Friday afternoon that Tad Cummins is now expected to be added to the TBI's Most Wanted for kidnapping 15-year-old Elizabeth Thomas. 

TBI released new photos of suspect, Tad Cummins via Twitter. 

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The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation remains "extremely concerned"  for the well-being of Elizabeth Thomas, the victim in an ongoing AMBER Alerts in Tennessee and Alabama.

The organization said investigative efforts have revealed a troubling pattern of behavior by Tad Cummins, suggesting the 50-year-old may have been abusing his role as a teacher to groom Thomas for some time in an effort to lure and potentially sexually exploit her.

The case is now cold after an alarming low amount of leads. 

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New video has been released from TBI of Tad Cummins who appears to be at a Tennessee gas station before abducting 15-year-old Elizabeth Thomas. 

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The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation released the following: 

We're continuing to track down every possible detail leading up to the disappearance of Tad Cummins and Elizabeth Thomas. Here's surveillance video of Cummins, filling his Nissan Rogue with gasoline, which we believe he did just prior to picking up Thomas at a nearby Shoney's, which is the last known sighting of Thomas. The 15-year-old remains the subject of a Tennessee AMBER Alert. 

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Agents are still looking for a 15-year-old girl they said was taken by her teacher, 50-year-old Tad Cummins. 

According to the TBI, since issuing the Amber Alert at approximately Tuesday, the organization has received approximately 80 leads. However,  none of the leads have produced any credible sightings about the whereabouts of either individual.

The TBI said Elizabeth Thomas was last seen Monday morning at 8 a.m. at Shoney's in Columbia, Tennessee after a friend dropped her off. 

Agents said they learned Thomas was in Decatur, Alabama by 3:06 p.m.  Monday. 

Agents said Cummins will now face a charge connected to an alleged sexual interaction between himself and Thomas at the school where he taught and she was a student. 

The school district suspended Cummins when the allegations surfaced and fired him Tuesday. 

The TBI was able to determine Cummins secured a title loan for a personal vehicle leading up to his disappearance and got $4,500 in cash. 

If you have seen either of them, call 1-800-TBI-FIND. 

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The missing child case has been upgraded to a statewide Amber Alert. 15-year-old Elizabeth Thomas is believed to be with 50-year-old Tad Cummins. 

A warrant has been issued for Cummins for sexual contact with a minor.

If you have information regarding their whereabouts, you are urged to call MCSD at 931-375-8654 or the TBI at 1-800-TBI-FIND.

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EARLIER:

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation has issued an Endangered Child Alert for 15-year-old Elizabeth Thomas.

She described as white, blonde hair, hazel eyes, 5’5” and 120 pounds, last seen wearing a flannel shirt and black leggings.


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She may be in the area of Decatur, Alabama with 50-year-old Tad Cummins.

Cummins is described as white male, 6’0”, 200 pounds, brown hair and eyes.

The 50-year-old is believed to be armed with two handguns and driving a Silver Nissan Rogue, TN tag, 976ZPT.

If you have information regarding their whereabouts, you are urged to call MCSD at 931-375-8654 or the TBI at 1-800-TBI-FIND.