Love notes have been discovered between a 15-year-old missing girl and the 50-year-old teacher that allegedly kidnapped her.
Police have been searching for Elizabeth Thomas and her former teacher Tad Cummins since March 13. According to Inside Edition, the two Tennessee residents left romantic notes on Cummins’ classroom computer.
“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," authorities said.
One letter started off stating: “I saw you standing next to your back pack this morning” and then described the teen’s body parts, according to the report.
“If you read them you would immediately recognize you are reading messages between two people who have a romantic interest in each other,” police said.
Cummins was suspended from the school a month ago after he was reportedly caught kissing Thomas. He was also caught on surveillance camera buying women's hair dye. A day later, he was videotaped filling up his SUV with gas moments before meeting Thomas at a diner.
According to the report they reportedly drove 70 miles to a town in Alabama, but the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation has not been able to locate the pair. Cummins is wanted for kidnapping and having sexual contact with Thomas, according to the report.
Cummins’ wife, Jill, spoke out in a press conference last week asking him to bring the teen back: “Tad, this is not you. This is not who you are. Please do the right thing and turn yourself into the police and bring Beth home … We can help you get through this. No matter how far you've gone or what is happening right now, God's grace is sufficient for you and he wants you to come home.”
Cummins was driving a silver Nissan Rogue with Tennessee tag 976-ZPT. Anyone with information of their whereabouts is urged to call 1-800-TBI-FIND.
[Photo:Tennessee Bureau of Investigation]
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