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Family of Elizabeth Thomas issues new statement on disappearance

The family of missing Maury County teen Elizabeth Thomas has released a new statement through family attorney S. Jason Watley on Thursday. PHOTO: Elizabeth Thomas

NASHVILLE, Tenn.--The family of missing Maury County teen Elizabeth Thomas has released a new statement through family attorney S. Jason Watley on Thursday.

Thomas, the subject of an AMBER ALERT and national BOLO, is believed to be with her former teacher, 50-year-old Tad Cummins. Both Cummins and Thomas have now been missing for ten days, with investigators asking for the public's help due to a shortage of solid leads in the case.

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Per the statement, the Thomas family says the last ten days have been the "most difficult" in their lives. More specifically, the family's statement focuses on questions surrounding Maury County Schools handling of events prior to Thomas' disappearance and asks the focus shift from "possible mistakes" to finding Elizabeth.

"It is important to the Thomas family to emphasize that none of the reports about possible mistakes made regarding Tad Cummins prior to Elizabeth's disappearance are relevant to what we are doing now. Our focus should be on finding Elizabeth. Period," the statement reads.

The family says they and the school district are "unified," and says "whatever questions about how issues were handled" are "distant and secondary," and "distracting."

The family also states their thanks to the press for coverage of her "abduction" along with the continued efforts of law enforcement agencies working to find Elizabeth. The family is asking the public "stay vigilant and provide law enforcement with any information, no matter how insignificant" both before and after her disappearance.

The TBI reports Cummins searched the topic of teen marriage online on March 5th, and details on his Nissan Roogue to see if it had features which would allow law enforcement to track the vehicle.


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