Amber Alert issued for Tennessee teen girl, suspect in kidnapping believed to be armed

DECATUR, Ala. (WIAT) — Law enforcement officers are on the hunt for a missing teenaged girl believed to be in extreme danger, and have issued an Amber Alert to help in the search.

Elizabeth Thomas, 15, is a white female with blonde hair and hazel eyes that stands at 5’5″ and weighs around 120 pounds. She was last seen in a flannel shirt and black leggings. She is believed to be in the custody of 50-year-old Tad Cummins, who stands at 6 feet and weighs about 200 pounds. Authorities believe that Cummins is armed with two handguns.

Both were last seen in a silver Nissan Rogue with a Tennessee license plate reading 976ZPT.

Cummins has a warrant issued for his arrest on a charge of sexual contact with a minor. The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation says that charge is related to an alleged sexual interaction between Cummins and Thomas at the school where he taught and she was a student.

Investigators can place Thomas in the Decatur area around 3:06 p.m. on Monday afternoon, though neither has any known connections there.

Since the Amber Alert was issued, the TBI says they received approximately 80 leads, but none produced any credible sightings on the whereabout of either subject. The TBI is asking anyone who may have had any interaction with either individual to contact them as they try to understand their actions in the weeks proceeding the Amber Alert.

Anyone with any information is asked to call the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation at 1 (800) 824-3463. If you spot the suspect vehicle and can verify the license plate as TN 976-ZPT, call 911.

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