Elizabeth Thomas remains missing as the manhunt continues for Tad Cummins, the high-school teacher alleged to have taken off with the 15-year-old student from his forensics class. Agents with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation have been in hot pursuit of Cummins, 50, ever since Elizabeth went missing in the bizarre case. He was seen on surveillance video buying women's hair dye the night before Elizabeth disappeared, just as the teen had changed a social media profile to say that she was a "wife." Now desperate cops have released the following video in a new attempt to find the missing girl....
This footage shows Elizabeth in conversation with one of her older brothers — with police hoping that the footage will help citizens recognize her, as they expect that her appearance has been changed. "Please share this video in hopes that someone recognizes her voice," said a statement included with the video, which was provided by Elizabeth's family. "Appearances can be altered, but voices are indistinguishable."
Cummins, who police say prepared for the abduction by taking out a $4,500 loan and reading up on teen marriage, is wanted on charges of aggravated kidnapping and sexual contact with a minor. The pair’s improper relationship first drew official scrutiny Jan. 23, when another student reported seeing Thomas and Cummins kissing in his classroom. They both denied the make-out session, but officials suspended Cummins on Feb. 6 after he refused to bar Elizabeth from his classroom. The Thomas family had threatened to take legal action against the school.
Sarah Thomas, 17, said that the day her younger sister disappeared, Elizabeth told her “Hey — if I’m not back by six, call the police.” Cummins had reportedly regaled Elizabeth with tales of as-yet-unsubstantiated claims that he’d been in the FBI and the Secret Service, Sarah told a reporter from WSMV in Nashville — adding: “He was weird, though.” Cummins' wife, Jill, has urged him to contact authorities, saying: "You know you can't hide forever!"