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Alert Renewed For Tad Cummins And Teen Hostage

| by Erik Kindel

An Amber Alert issued in March was renewed on April 12 after authorities realized the suspect could be running out of his blood pressure medication. Pharmacists across the country are on the lookout for Tad Cummins, 50, an ex-teacher from Tennessee accused of kidnapping a 15 year-old student.

On March 13, Tad Cummins allegedly kidnapped teenager Elizabeth Thomas. An Amber Alert was issued shortly after, but it has been nearly one month since the incident or since anyone has seen Tad Cummins, reports ABC News.

The only known video of the pair appeared on a security camera at a Wal-Mart in Oklahoma City two days after the kidnapping. In the surveillance tapes, Thomas and Tad Cummins can be seen walking together and Thomas appeared safe.

Unfortunately, the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation didn't receive the video of the pair until more than two weeks had passed.

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Authorities believe Tad Cummins is holding Thomas somewhere off grid to prevent discovery, but according to his blood pressure prescription, Tad Cummins is going to have to renew soon or risk the consequences.

Tad Cummins, a married father and grandfather, left a note for his wife, Jill Cummins, the morning he vanished. Authorities have not released the contents of the note, but have said that it appears to be a diversion to mislead investigators searching for the pair.

A lawyer for Jill Cummins said she has filed for divorce. Tennessee fired the former teacher a day after the kidnapping was reported.

Tad Cummins is wanted for aggravated kidnapping and sexual contact with a minor. In a statement released by the TBI, authorities believe Tad Cummins "may have been abusing his role as a teacher to groom [the teen] ... in an effort to lure and potentially sexually exploit her."

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Law enforcement officials also stated that during a search of Tad Cummins' online history, they found he had researched teen marriage online and the age of consent.

Other students reported seeing Thomas and Tad Cummins behave inappropriately towards one another, though in official school reports both deny those claims.

In addition to pharmacies, investigators have also sent alerts to authorities in Mexico. It is believed the pair may have made it across the border before the alerts reached agents.

AL.com reports that well over 1,000 tips have been received since Thomas' Amber Alert was issued in Alabama and Tennessee after the kidnapping on March 13.

Police and officials are asking that anyone with information come forward immediately. 

Sources: ABC News, AL.com / Photo credit: AL.com

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