Almost two weeks went by without any news regarding the whereabouts of Elizabeth Thomas and Tad Cummins, the man who allegedly kidnapped her on the 15th of March. As each day passes by, the authorities grow more concern about the fate of the 15-year-old girl who, according to some testimonies, might be infatuated with her teacher.
Edward Smart, the father of a 15-year-old Tennessee girl, who was kidnapped back in 2002 from her home in Salt Lake City, steps up to shed some light on Thomas’s disappearance. According to the man, the nature of the relationship between the 15-year-old student from Culleoka Unit School might have changed following the girl’s abduction.
More specifically, Mr. Smart of Salt Lake City suggests that the 50-year-old teacher might be emotionally manipulating the girl, misleading her into believing that the two of the are living a Hollywoodian love story.
Based on the earlier school reports which suggested that Cummins and Elizabeth were romantically involved, the authorities believe that Smart’s theory might not be farfetched. The man also declared that the two have chosen to lay low or stay off the grid in order to evade detection and, most likely, to consume their twisted love affair.
Mr. Smart stated that back in 2002, her 15-year-old daughter was abducted from his Salt Lake City home. According to authorities, the girl was threatened with knives by a group of males. Until finding by the authorities, the young woman was forced to jump from one location to the other, following her abductors.
Edward Smart believes that Thomas’s case follows the same pattern – using emotional manipulation, Tad Cummins has convinced the 15-year-old girl to follow him around, traveling from county to county.
The latest tip received by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation suggested that Elizabeth Thomas and Tad Cummins are hiding in Tennessee. The individual who offered the tip claimed to see Thomas and the 50-year-old ex-teacher at a gas station near Collierville.
However, TBI later said that the tip was inaccurate. To remind you, Elizabeth Thomas was last seen on the 15th of March, shortly after her uncle dropped her off at the house. Authorities said that a surveillance footage placed Tad Cummins at a nearby Shell gas station shortly before allegedly abducting Thomas and fleeing the state.
The ex-teacher is considered to be armed and dangerous, as the authorities said that he legally owns two firearms.