TBI urges vigilance as search continues for Middle Tenn. girl

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Amber Alerts have been issued in Alabama and Tennessee.

Over the weekend, Cummins' wife begged him to come home. A spokesman for the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation says investigators suspect Cummins picked up Elizabeth after he was at the gas station. The report noted that a kiss "could not be confirmed". The letter was sent by attorney S. Jason Whatley, of Columbia, Tennessee.

DeVine says investigators were able to place Thomas in Alabama last week, but they have not been able to locate the high school freshman since. Rowland said that the authorities are nowhere near finding a good lead that might help them track down Tad Cummins and his victim.

The sheriff said Cummins may have begun plotting to leave with Elizabeth after he was suspended from his teaching job. Culleoka Unit School suspended and then dismissed Tad Cummins, 50, potentially prompting the abduction.

But Cummins' vehicle has since been sold, with investigators confirming a loan office paid the wanted man $5800.

The report also said "Cummins will be reprimanded in regards to his duty to uphold his professional responsibility and behavior as a teacher".

He is a former teacher and is now facing charges for aggravated kidnapping and having sexual contact with Thomas at school.

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"I just want her to let us know that she's okay". "We're now at a week since either of them has been seen, so we're doing everything we can to find them".

That leads investigators to believe one of two things: "Either they're off the grid in a very rural area, or they are outside the Southeast, where this has been getting an terrible lot of attention in the public", DeVine said.

Police believe they may be headed for the Florida Panhandle. Because of the shockingly low number of tips, the TBI has concluded the individuals are likely out of the view of the general public or outside the original net cast across the southeast to notify the public about their disappearance. He is believed to be armed. We're told her father blood pressure is over 200 and he may have to be hospitalized. "He has limited cash that he was able to walk away with, but he could have been holding away cash for a while before they left". She's 5-feet-5-inches-tall and weighs 120 pounds with blonde hair and hazel eyes.

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation said it remains "extremely concerned" about the well-being of Elizabeth Thomas, who was last seen Monday, March 13 in Columbia. The 15-year-old remains the subject of a Tennessee AMBER Alert.

But they think the pair has since travelled to a remote area and are hiding out.

When asked what it might take for a break in the case, Devine said, "It takes one person who might be driving down a road and sees that Tennessee license plate, and they call 911, that breaks this thing wide open".

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