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Reward Offered For Return Of Missing Girl (Photo)

| by Simone Stover

Two individuals are offering a monetary reward for the safe return of a 15-year-old girl for whom an AMBER alert has been issued. 

Elizabeth Thomas went missing on March 13, according to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. She is thought to be in the company of 50-year-old Tad Cummins. Cummins is believed to be in the possession of two handguns and is thought to be driving a silver Nissan Rogue with Tennessee license plate 976ZPT.

Elizabeth is described as a white female with blonde hair and hazel eyes who is 5-feet, 5-inches tall and weighs 120 pounds. Cummins is described as a white male with brown eyes and brown hair who stands at 6 feet tall and weighs 200 pounds. According to WEDF, Cummins was Elizabeth's former teacher. 

Chandler Anderson and Thomas Blake Hight are former coworkers of Cummins, reports WEDF. On March 24, the two men offered a $5,000 reward for Elizabeth's return. 

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"Elizabeth Thomas, 15, has been missing for a dangerously long period of time. She is with her former teacher, Tad Cummins, who is armed and dangerous," Chandler wrote in a post on his Facebook page. 

"Thomas Blake Hight and I are offering a $5000 reward for anyone that returns the child home safely. We believe she is in imminent danger, and this child needs rescued. Please call 931-446-7865 with any questions."

The post was accompanied by a photo of Elizabeth. As of April 13, it has been shared over 3,000 times. On March 29, Chandler made a new post increasing the reward amount to $10,000. 

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According to WKRN, Anderson is a nurse practitioner in Columbia, Tennessee. He met Cummins in 1998, at which time Cummins was a respiratory therapist supervisor working at a hospital. 

Anderson said that although Cummins received positive evaluations while working at the hospital, Anderson had poor experiences with him. 

“[Elizabeth] is with a man who is getting very desperate," Anderson told WKRN. "As the days go by, the danger for her increases exponentially. He is going to do something desperate, I am afraid." 

In addition to the reward being offered by Chandler and Hight, the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation is offering a $1,000 reward. 

On April 12, new details came to light regarding the case. District Attorney Brent Cooper said that Cummins is on blood pressure medication, according to WKRN. Cummins will most likely be in need of a refill soon. Cooper has asked that employees who work at pharmacies keep an eye out for the two individuals. 

Anyone with information is asked to call either 911 or the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation at 1-800-824-3463.

Sources: WKRN (2), WDEF, Chandler Anderson/Facebook (2), National Center for Missing and Exploited Children / Photo credit: 401(K) 2012/Flickr

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