TBI: Reported sighting in West Tennessee is not AMBER Alert teen, suspect


UPDATE: The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation said the reported sighting of AMBER Alert teen Mary Catherine Elizabeth Thomas and suspect Tad Cummins was unfounded.

TBI spokesman Josh DeVine said the reported sighing was not Thomas nor Cummins.

There has been about 1,200 leads on Cummins' and Thomas' whereabouts so far, but none have been confirmed.

Thomas, 15, and her former teacher Cummins, 50, have been missing for more than two weeks.

TBI has stressed that Thomas is in danger and the AMBER Alert is not a romance, but a kidnapping.

Anyone who sees Thomas or Cummins should call 911 immediately.

Thomas' dad spoke out about the heartbreak after finding out Thomas had not yet been located.


The Shelby County Sheriff's Office said they are investigating a reported sighting of AMBER Alert subject Mary Catherine Elizabeth Thomas and suspect Tad Cummins.

Collierville Police said the sighting was reported about 12:30 p.m. Thomas and Cummins were reported to be traveling in a white Chevrolet panel van with a ladder rack and possibly a blue or aqua colored tube top.

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation said there still has yet to be a substantiated sighting of Thomas and Cummins and have not confirmed this sighting.

Law enforcement in Collierville issued a BOLO with information about a possible sighting of Thomas and Cummins. This sighting has not been confirmed, however, Fox 13 in Memphis reported that a deputy positively identified Cummins from surveillance video.

Shabana Mavani, an employee at the Shell station where the sighting possibly occurred, told Fox 17 News police came to the store and showed them a picture of Cummins and Thomas. She didn't even know about them until police showed them photos and allegedly stated they had received a tip they were in the area.

Mavani says they both came into the store and purchased some items. She said "the man looked agitated and ready to leave" while the girl, "seemed calm and comfortable." She said they didn't have key to office, so called owner who rushed in and burned copy of the video for police.

Fox 17 has a crew headed to the scene and will update this story as soon as more information develops.

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