Following the announcement of Elizabeth Thomas' disappearance, Tad Cummins was formally terminated from his position at the Culleoka Unit School.
As stated in the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation's third Amber Alert update."Nothing investigators have learned about Cummins or his intentions for the young girl since issuing the AMBER Alert calms the imminent concern for Elizabeth's well-being". The student described it as a "peck".
Rowland said the teacher may have made a decision to take Elizabeth and leave in the wake of his being spotted earlier this year allegedly kissing the teen student. There doesn't appear to be any word about the missing student on the school's website or Facebook account. They both denied the incident ever took place but admitted to a friendly relationship.
Tad Cummins, 50, in an undated photo.
Jason Whatley, an attorney for Elizabeth's father, Anthony Thomas, told media this week that another student saw Cummins kissing Elizabeth on January 24.
On Jan. 31, he was contacted by a Maury County Sheriff's detective who was investigating the incident, which had happened a week prior.
Jason Whatley represents Thomas' family. "Please help us bring her home", he said. The letter sent February 6 from Whatley to the school also says, "I can not overemphasize to you the concern we have here".
An ambert alert has been issued for Elizabeth Thomas, 15, who Tennessee authorities believe went missing with Tad Cummins (not pictured), a 50 year old teacher who was accussed of sexual misconduct with Thomas.. There was a continuing investigation by the Maury County Sheriff's Office.
Even more troubling is that neither Thomas nor Cummins have used their debit or credit cards. She was last seen at a Columbia, Tenn. restaurant.
TBI's Josh Devine tsaid that they have received a "shockingly low number of tips" in the alert, leading them to believe the pair is either out of the view of the public or are outside of the original net of search, WTVF reports. The story has also gained national attention, with coverage from ABC News and others.
According to a letter Whatley sent to Superintendent Chris Marczak on February 6, Anthony Thomas called the school the next day, Feburary 1, and spoke to a woman who expressed regret that he had been "left in the dark", promised to keep him informed of further findings and assured him there would be no more contact between his daughter and Cummins.
Cummins was seen driving a Silver Nissan Rogue with a Tennessee license plate 976ZPT, according to the TBI. There are 10 children in all, but five of the children are adults.