Wife of man wanted in Tenn. AMBER Alert pleads to turn himself in, bring girl home safe
COLUMBIA, Tenn. —
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(WZTV) - The wife of a man wanted in a Tennessee AMBER Alert is pleading for him to turn himself into police and bring Elizabeth Thomas home safe.
Tad Cummins, 50, is now charged with aggravated kidnapping. TBI Spokesman Josh DeVine said the process has started to add Cummins to the TBI's Top 10 Most Wanted. DeVine called the situation 'dire.'
Jill Cummins spoke at a news conference at the Maury County Sheriff's Office on Friday. Cummins public statement came during a news conference where authorities announced they are charging her husband with aggravated kidnapping in addition to sexual contact with a minor.
"I had no idea my husband was involved with anything that lead to this," Jill Cummins said. "My heart breaks for her family of Beth Thomas. I want you home just as much as the rest of you, but I'm also very worried about Tad."
She pleaded for her husband to turn himself in and said his family misses him.
"Let me speak directly to my husband," Jill Cummins said. "Tad this is not you. This is not who you are. We can help you get through this. No matter how far you've gone or what's happening right now, God's grace is sufficient for you and he wants you to come home. Your family wants their papi back. Please do the right thing, and turn yourself into the police and bring Beth home."
Tad Cummins hasn't been seen since last Monday when security cameras recorded him fueling up at a Shell station in his Nissan Rogue. That video was taken not far away from the Shoneys in Columbia where friends dropped Thomas off.
Until recently, Cummins served as a teacher at the Maury County Public School where Thomas was a student.
"He more or less overbore her will," said District Attorney Brent Cooper. "This is a 15-year-old girl who's led a difficult life basically going against a 50 year old man."
TBI believes Thomas' health may now be at risk, and the problem is they've received just 185 tips and no credible sightings since releasing an AMBER alert.
"We have no idea where these individuals could be right now," Devine said. "This is a dire situation for this young girl."
Devine said that dire situation could be playing out somewhere outside the southeast or outside the public's view.
Jill Cummins said she never saw any of this coming.