TBI: Nebraska Surveillance Footage is Not of AMBER Alert Subjects

Mary Catherine Elizabeth Thomas
Elizabeth Thomas and Tad Cummins
Posted at 9:24 PM, Apr 03, 2017
and last updated 2017-04-04 09:08:05-04

A Nebraska police department released a screenshot of surveillance video at a McDonald's restaurant Sunday, but investigators say it's not Tad Cummins and Elizabeth Thomas.

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation was able to determine Monday that the photo was not the two who disappeared from Columbia, Tennessee March 13.

The last known sighting was in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma March 15. The two were captured on surveillance video walking into the Walmart on East I-240 Service Road in Oklahoma City March 15.

Investigators say Cummins, who was Thomas's teacher in Columbia, Tenn., used his influence as a teacher to groom Thomas for possible sexual exploitation. He was suspended from his job after a student reportedly saw Cummins and Thomas kiss in a classroom.

Cummins faces kidnapping and sexual contact with a minor charges.

Thomas is 5 feet tall and 120 pounds with hazel eyes. Cummins is 6 feet tall and about 200 pounds with brown eyes.

The two may be in a silver Nissan Rogue with Tennessee license plate number 976-ZPT. Cummins is believed to have two handguns.

Anyone with information about their disappearance is asked to contact the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation at 1-800-TBI-FIND.