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Alleged Kidnapper Caught on Camera Buying Hair Dye (Video)

| by Kit Bryer

A missing girl's alleged kidnapper was seen buying women's hair dye a day before the girl went missing (video below).

Tad Cummins, 50, was caught on a surveillance camera at a Wal-Mart in Columbia, Tennessee, buying dark brown women's hair dye the day before Elizabeth Thomas, 15, went missing. Authorities believe Cummins kidnapped Thomas on the morning of March 13. 

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation has received hundred of tips from at least 24 different states, but none of them have been genuine leads, and no legitimate sightings have been verified.

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On March 18, five days after Thomas' disappearance, authorities with TBI released another statement, pleading with the public for help finding the missing girl after uncovering more information about her relationship with Cummins:

Investigative efforts, over the past few days, continue to reveal a troubling pattern of behavior on the part of Cummins, and indicates he potentially planned this abduction prior to Monday. Nothing investigators have learned about Cummins or his intentions for the young girl since issuing the AMBER Alert calms the imminent concern for Elizabeth’s well-being. In fact, it only heightens it.

Authorities believe this investigation may be even further complicated by the possibility that Cummins has been grooming Thomas over the last year while teaching at Culleoka High School, where Thomas is a freshman. 

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In January another student witnessed Cummins kissing Thomas while they were on school grounds, according to documents obtained by People magazine. The student asked Cummins about the kiss, which he allegedly referred to as a "peck," adding that he and Thomas were just "close and best friends."

After the student reported the alleged kiss, Thomas was removed from Cummins class, but the teacher wasn't officially suspended until Feb. 6. He was officially fired the day after Thomas was kidnapped.

"It's entirely likely Elizabeth doesn’t believe, at least right now. that she's a victim," TBI spokesman Josh DeVine told the Daily Mail. 

In the days leading up to her disappearance, Thomas made several cryptic posts about a "mission" and added "wife" as a description of herself on Instagram. 

"She's 15. He is 50," DeVine added. "He is facing a charge in which the district attorney has identified her as the victim and they are missing. We want her home, we want him in custody."

Cummins was last seen filling up the gas tank of silver Nissan Rogue with Tennessee license plate number 976-ZPT.

He is 6 feet tall, with brown hair and eyes, weighs about 200 pounds, and it believed to be armed with two handguns.

Thomas was last seen at a Shoney's restaurant in Columbia, Tennessee, at 8 a.m. on the day of her disappearance. She is 5 feet tall, weighs about 120 pounds, and has blond hair and hazel eyes. It is likely she has a different hair color at this time. She was wearing black leggings and a flannel shirt. 

Sources: TBI, People, Daily Mail / Photo credit: TBI via Daily Mail, TBI/Facebook, TBI

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