Former teacher may have planned alleged abduction of teen: Police

The former teacher is believed to be armed and the teen in "imminent danger."

ByABC News
March 19, 2017, 2:29 PM

— -- The Tennessee teacher accused of kidnapping a 15-year-old former student may have planned the abduction, according to police.

The student, 15-year-old Elizabeth Thomas was last seen around 7:30 or 8 a.m. Monday at a Shoney's restaurant in Columbia, Tennessee, where she was dropped off by a friend, according to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation.

Her former teacher Tad Cummins, 50, is allegedly shown on surveillance footage from a gas station near the restaurant at about 8:30 a.m. filling up his silver Nissan Rogue, the car in which authorities believe he is traveling in with the teenager.

Cummins, of Columbia, is wanted on allegations of aggravated kidnapping and sexual contact with a minor, authorities said.