Missing Tennessee teen spotted with former teacher in Oklahoma

Surveillance images from an Oklahoma City Walmart March 15 show missing teen Elizabeth Thomas and the man suspected of abducting her, her teacher Tad Cummins, according to the TBI. (Courtesy: TBI)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (CBSN) — Tennessee investigators say there’s been a confirmed sighting in Oklahoma of a 15-year-old girl who disappeared more than two weeks ago with her 50-year-old teacher.

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation says surveillance images obtained from a Walmart in Oklahoma City show former teacher Tad Cummins and Elizabeth Thomas purchasing food items in the store with cash. The statement says the images captured on March 15 show Cummins had altered his hair to appear darker and Thomas may have changed her hair color to red.

The two were reported missing on March 13 from Culleoka, a Tennessee community about 60 miles south of Nashville.

Police have issued an Amber Alert for Thomas and say they have warrants charging Cummins with sexual contact with a minor and aggravated kidnapping.

District Attorney General Brent Coopers confirms Cummins was terminated over accusations of sexual misconduct with Thomas at the school where he taught and she was a student.

The TBI has described Cummins as armed and dangerous.

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