Missing Tennessee girl calls herself a "wife", former teacher researches "teen marriage"

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A student told authorities she saw Tennessee teacher Tad Cummins kiss 15-year-old Elizabeth Thomas at school days before he allegedly kidnapped her.

"I just want her found and for people to know that bullying can cause real issues in someone's life", said Sarah Thomas, Elizabeth Thomas' older sister.

But before Cummins disappeared and was charged with kidnapping his student Elizabeth Thomas last week, he convinced her that he had a swanky, stealthy past as a Central Intelligence Agency and Federal Bureau of Investigation agent who was flush with cash, her father said. Now, the teen is the subject of a multi-state AMBER Alert after vanishing on March 13. Both Thomas and Cummins disappeared on March 13 and neither have been seen or heard from since.

The Culleoka teacher accused of abducting a 15-year-old student searched the internet for information about "teen marriage" in the days before the kidnapping, according to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation.

No matter the circumstances, her family said they will be there for her.

Cummins, who had taught Elizabeth in a forensics class at a high school in Culleoka, some 50 miles southwest of Nashville, is charged with kidnapping her.

"He convinced her that he had been a secret agent and. that he had all kinds of money", Anthony Thomas told HLN.

TBI spokesman Josh DeVine told ABC News about 600 tips have come in, which he called "substantially low". "That he groomed this young girl for all of this".

Tad Cummins' resume says he's been a respiratory therapist, a percussionist in several bands and, most recently, a Tennessee high school health sciences teacher.

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In what another student reportedly described as a "peck" on the lips, the teacher and student had allegedly been caught kissing in his classroom on January 23. An Amber Alert was issued for Elizabeth on March 14, the day after a sheriff's department had declared her missing.

Cummins has been added to Tennessee's most wanted list and charged with aggravated kidnapping and sexual contact with a minor.

Thomas was a freshman at Culleoka Unit School, where Cummins taught health sciences until he was sacked last week. The other two are from surveillance videos of Cummins. Law enforcement has even said if he comes forward now, it may result in less jail time.

According to Sarah, Elizabeth grew close to Cummins because she was interested in the medical field and looked at her teacher as a mentor.

Anyone with information on Cummins or Elizabeth should call the TBI at 1-800-TBI-FIND.

"She would say, 'I got to get out of here".

"We really would like Mr. Cummins to leave her some place safe, I know you don't have the guts to face the music so, you need to leave her somewhere safe and make arrangements for her to be picked up", he said.

Cummins' wife, Jill, pleaded with her husband Friday to "come home". I said, 'Well, that's not what I'm seeing, and you're not allowed to talk to this individual'.

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