Posted on | March 24, 2017 | 1 Comment
Police say Elizabeth Thomas (left) ran away with her teacher Tad Cummins (right).
Tad Cummins, 50, is the object of a nationwide manhunt. The Tennessee high school teacher disappeared March 13, along with his 15-year-old student, Elizabeth Thomas. Before she disappeared, Elizabeth changed her Instagram profile to include a ring and the word “wife”:
Her page is also full of romance quotations stereotypical of a teenage girl, though they take on a dark and creepy tone in light of her disappearance.
“Every Beauty needs her Beast to protect her from everything but him.”
Police say Cummins’s silver Nissan Rogue with license plate 976ZPT may have been spotted Thursday afternoon in Corpus Christi, Texas:
A warrant was issued for Cummins’ arrest after a Tennessee Bureau of Investigation suggested he “may have been abusing his role as a teacher to groom this vulnerable young girl for some time in an effort to lure and potentially sexually exploit her.”
The girl’s family today released a statement through their lawyer that concludes: “Elizabeth must be found. Time is of the essence.”
A few thoughts on this tragic situation:
How does a predator like Tad Cummins manage to convince his prey that they can share “romance” together? . . .
While a 15-year-old victim is not responsible for the criminal actions of someone like Tad Cummins, the evidence seems to suggest that Elizabeth Thomas saw herself in the role of Beauty, and that her teacher convinced her he was the Beast who needed her to rescue him from his curse. . . .
Everyone must be praying that Elizabeth Thomas is soon returned safely home, and her abduction should also cause us to consider how we can better protect children and prevent them from becoming victims. . . .
— AL.com Huntsville (@ALcomHuntsville) March 24, 2017
Brother urges public to keep sharing missing Elizabeth Thomas’ photo https://t.co/ckOQZ0ImMq
— Brian E. Raines (@BrianERaines) March 24, 2017