A Tennessee teacher and the 15-year-old student he kidnapped have now been on the run for two weeks, and as investigators dig up more information on the case, authorities are shocked at how far their relationship has progressed and how the will change the search for the missing teen.
Tad Cummins and Elizabeth Thomas escaped on March 13 and have been on the run ever since, with Amber alerts all over the country going off to help find the missing teen.
Investigators recently discovered that the two would write love letters to each other and save them as email drafts on his classroom computer.
The Daily Mail reports:
A 50-year-old Tennessee teacher and 15-year-old girl who have been on the run together for two weeks wrote love letters to each other and saved them as draft emails on his classroom computer before going on the run.
Tad Cummins and Elizabeth Thomas have been missing from Columbia, Tennessee, since March 13.
Amber alerts are in place in their home state and in Alabama but police say the pair could be anywhere.
Before they vanished, they left romantic letters for one another on Cummins’ classroom computer at Culleoka School.
They included one message from Cummins to the underage girl which began: ‘I saw you standing next to your backpack this morning.’
‘They would write the message and let it save as a draft. The other person would log in, read the message and then delete it and then write another message that was saved as a draft,’ Maury County District Attorney Brent Cooper said.
‘If you read them you would immediately recognize you are reading messages between two people who have a romantic interest in each other.’
Last week, the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation released a photograph of the pair taken in Cummins’ classroom in January.
They appeared in the image talking over his desk.
Another student at the school reported seeing them kissing on the lips in the same classroom on January 23 but Cummins, who describes himself as a ‘Jesus freak’, was allowed to carry on teaching.
Police in Maury County began investigating the report but he was never arrested. School board staff did not immediately tell Elizabeth’s family about the allegations.
It was only when an officer went to their home to investigate them that they realized what had been alleged by the other student.