On Tuesday, the school district in Maury County terminated Cummins in the wake of an ongoing investigation into alleged inappropriate contact he had with Thomas at the school earlier this year, the TBI relese said.
Rowland and his colleagues have reasons to believe that ex-school teacher might have planned Thomas's abduction from the very beginning.
School officials assured Mr. Thomas that there would no more contact between the two.
Cooper said Thomas has led a "difficult life" and that Cummins may have used his greater age and experience to manipulate the teen. The kiss reportedly occurred on January 23.
"Because that's going to be what finally brings her home is somebody being able to see her that may have not had a chance to see her before", James Thomas said.
Eleven days after the alleged kiss, a letter from the district addressed to Cummins stated that Elizabeth had been in the teacher's classroom, against orders.
A statement from the bureau Saturday added, "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. No matter how far you've gone, or what's happening right now, God's grace is sufficient for you, and he wants you to come home", Jill Cummins said.
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Cummins has been placed on the TBI Most Wanted List, and was sacked from the high school after disappearing, CNN reported. "Call for help I think was her exact words", James Thomas said.
"As for what we have seen since then, we have got nothing", DeVine said.
As of Monday morning, agents said they have received 250 tips from 24 states. They believe the high school freshman from Culleoka Unit School was abducted by Cummins, 50. Because of the shockingly low number of tips, the TBI has concluded the individuals are likely out of the view of the general public or outside the original net cast across the southeast to notify the public about their disappearance. "They literally could be anywhere".
Cummins is believed to be "armed and dangerous" and carrying two handguns, DeVine says. "He has limited cash that he was able to walk away with, but he could have been holding away cash for a while before they left".
Elizabeth is described as a white girl with blonde hair, hazel eyes. He is a white male, six feet tall, weighing approximately 200 pounds. The last person to have talked with the girl before her disappearance was her friend who dropped her off at the restaurant. Around the same time, Cummins was captured on surveillance footage pumping gas nearby, according to authorities.