A former teacher accused of kidnapping a ‘troubled’ teenager has been arrested in California – The Washington Post

During the nearly six weeks that Tad Cummins and 15-year-old Elizabeth Thomas were missing, the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation received more than 1,500 tips.

Late Wednesday night, the tip they were desperately hoping for finally arrived.

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AMBER Alert subject Elizabeth Thomas now missing for a month | WZTV

COLUMBIA, Tenn. (WZTV) — Thursday marks one month since Tennessee AMBER Alert subject Mary Catherine Elizabeth Thomas and her accused kidnapper Tad Cummins have been missing.

Thomas, 15, and her former Maury County teacher Cummins, 50, were reported missing March 13.

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More Than 1,000 Tips Lead Nowhere in Search for Missing Teen Allegedly Abducted by Tennessee Teacher | KTLA

The search for teenager Elizabeth Thomas and the high school teacher police believe kidnapped her two weeks ago has generated more than 1,000 leads, most of them fruitless, the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation said Monday.

Though some of the tips remain under investigation, authorities have not been able to confirm anyone actually saw the girl or her alleged abductor, spokesman Josh DeVine said.

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Tennessee Authorities Plead With Public in Search for Missing Teen – NBC News

Authorities in Tennessee pleaded with the public on Monday to scour parking lots, campgrounds, parkland and other rural properties for any sign of a missing 15-year-old girl and her alleged abductor — a former teacher who was allegedly seen kissing the teen earlier this year.

Josh DeVine, a spokesman for the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, attributed this new urgency to a marked lack of confirmed sightings in the week since Elizabeth Thomas reportedly vanished with 50-year-old Tad Cummins and an Amber alert was sent out.

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TN – Endangered Child Alert: Missing teen believed to be with armed 50-year-old man | WKRN News 2

MAURY COUNTY, Tenn. (WKRN) – An Endangered Child Alert was issued Tuesday afternoon for a 15-year-old girl missing out of Maury County.

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation is searching for Mary Catherine Elizabeth Thomas.

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TN – Teen Goes Missing From Columbia Mall – NewsChannel5

COLUMBIA, Tenn. – Officials with the Maury County Sheriff’s Office have asked for the public’s help in finding a missing 16-year-old.

The sheriff said Sydney Bates was last seen at the Columbia Mall around 4 p.m. Tuesday.

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Missing Michigan teen could be in Maury County, TN | WKRN News 2

MAURY COUNTY, Tenn. (WKRN) – A missing teen from Michigan could be Middle Tennessee, authorities said Tuesday.

According to a Facebook post by the Columbia Police Department, Kaitlyn Swafford could be in the Maury County area with an adult male.

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