Tad Cummins, 50, is on the run from police, armed with two handguns, after disappearing with a student named Elizabeth Thomas, 15, on Monday, March 13. The married teacher took out a $4,500 loan and filled his car with gas before vanishing with the 15-year-old.
Cummins and Thomas left town after they were caught kissing. A spokesperson for the Maury County Public Schools said Cummins was suspended from teaching last month and was fired on Tuesday.
Thomas, a freshman at Culleoka Unit School, met Cummins through HOSA, a school club that promotes careers in the health industry. After a student reported seeing Thomas and Cummins kissing, Cummins was escorted out of the school by law enforcement, a source told the Columbia Daily Herald.
An Amber Alert was issued across Tennessee and Alabama for the pair.
Investigators said Cummins secured a $4,500 title loan for a personal vehicle several days before his disappearance.
Since issuing the Amber Alert Tuesday evening around 6:00 P.M., Tennessee authorities say they have received “relatively few tips.” Of the approximately 80 leads TBI has followed, none have produced credible information about sightings or whereabouts of either Thomas or Cummings.
It is believed that Cummins, who is about six feet tall and 200 lbs. with brown hair and brown eyes, is armed with two handguns. He was last seen driving a silver Nissan Rogue with the Tennessee tag 976ZP.
Who Is Tad Cummins?
Tad Cummins is an armed Alabama teacher, 50, who filled up his car with gas and took out a loan before disappearing with a 15-year-old student, Elizabeth Thomas, who he was caught kissing
Ambers Alerts were issued in Tennessee and Alabama on Tuesday, March 14 for Mary Catherine ‘Elizabeth’ Thomas and Tad Cummins.
50-year-old Tad Cummins, a former health science teacher from Tennessee, is believed to be armed with two handguns as he is on the run with a student who he was seen kissing. Days before his disappearance, he took out a $4,500 loan.
He is now facing charges of having sexual contact with a minor. Investigators believe the pair could be in the area of Decatur, Alabama.