Maury County Teen Still Missing; Former Teacher Sought
It doesn't have to be me, it can be anyone. "We can help you get through this", Jill Cummins said at a press conference. "We just don't want to go on without you", he said. "Please, please come home".
Police believe she is with her former school teacher, 50-year-old Tad Cummins.
The pair are believed to be traveling in a silver Nissan Rogue SUV with TN license plate 976-ZPT.
Elizabeth is white with hazel eyes, about 5ft 5ins and was last seen wearing a flannel shirt and black leggings.
Almost two months before a high school student and her former teacher went missing, they were alleged to have been seen kissing by another student in the teacher's classroom. On Tuesday, Maury County Schools terminated Cummins in the wake of an ongoing investigation into alleged inappropriate contact he had with Thomas at the school earlier this year. The district completed its report on its investigation of the incident a week later, on January 30.
On Monday, authorities released additional photographs of Cummins taken approximately one week before Thomas disappeared.
"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 wellbeing".
The report also said "Cummins will be reprimanded in regards to his duty to uphold his professional responsibility and behavior as a teacher". The school district said they "suspended" Cummins when they "were notified of the allegations".
Investigators originally placed Thomas near Decatur, Alabama, on the day of her disappearance, but no credible sightings have followed.
The school district did not immediately respond to ABC News' request for comment.
By Thursday, the TBI said it remained "extremely concerned" for the well-being of Thomas.
"Like so many of you, I'm deeply troubled by what has happened in the past few days", she said with her family pastor by her side.
Whatley described Anthony Thomas, a single father of 10, as a blue-collar guy. "He's not been himself ever since".
Elizabeth Thomas has been missing since Monday. He describes her as vocal, athletic and social.
Thomas and Cummins' relationship, the TBI told WSMV, started at school.
Speaking with PEOPLE last Wednesday, a family source said, "I'm very scared for [Elizabeth]", adding, "It's so hard to understand what would bring someone to do these kinds of things".