• TBI: Amber Alert suspect and victim were not in Collierville

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    MEMPHIS, TN - The TBI has determined that a reported sighting of Elizabeth Thomas and Tad Cummins in Collierville was false.

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    A clerk at the Shell gas station in the 300 block of New Byhalia Road told FOX13 an employee thought he saw Cummins and Thomas at the location. The clerk said a CPD officer was looking through surveillance video that may have shown the two.

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    SCSO officials previously told FOX13 a CPD officer did identify Cummins in that video, but the TBI did not confirm that information.

    An Amber Alert was issued for Thomas on March 14th. Authorities believe she was abducted by Cummins, who was added to TBI's Top 10 Most Wanted list.

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    Collierville police released the following statement regarding the possible sighting at a gas station on New Byhalia Road:

    The Collierville Police Department responded to a possible sighting of Tad Cummins and Elizabeth Thomas at the Shell gas station located at 398 New Byhalia Road in Collierville.  The sighting was around 12:30 this afternoon, and the two were said to be traveling in a white Chevrolet panel van with a ladder rack and possibly a blue or aqua colored tube on top.  The Collierville Police Department is coordinating with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation at this time regarding this sighting.

    The TBI began investigating the case but told FOX13 they still had no confirmed sightings of Thomas or Cummins, including the "developments in Collierville."

    A van, similar to the one described by Collierville police, was being investigated at Union and Cleveland by Memphis police. MPD officials told FOX13 that the van is not related to the Amber Alert.
     
    Shortly thereafter, the TBI said it had determined the reported sighting in Collierville was not Thomas and Cummins.

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