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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