Tad Cummins is still at large after disappearing with Elizabeth Thomas, his 15-year-old former student in March. The 50-year-old's wife is now speaking out about her experience in this national search. According to her attorney, she never believed that Cummins and Thomas were romantically involved.
“She knew that he had been accused of [the kiss] but she did not believe that it had actually occurred,” Michael Cox, the attorney for Jill Cummins, tells People. The teacher had been accused of kissing Thomas, a freshman, prior to their disappearance. He was suspended from his job as a health sciences teacher at Culleoka Unit School and later fired.
Despite not believing the rumors initially, Jill Cummins filed for divorce in late March after 31-years-of marriage. “[She’s] still trying to get a grasp on the situation on how the person [she thought she] knew could have done this,” Cox explains.
Tad Cummins's daughters are also sharing their story."No matter where you are, Daddy, no matter what you’ve done we just want you to come home. We miss you so much," shared Erica Osbourne, his 26-year-old daughter, with ABC News. "We’re here for you, no matter what anytime, any place, anywhere."
She adds that she and her sister have forgiven their father. “I've already forgiven him, no matter what he did, I'm always going to be there ... you don't give up on your family."
[Photo: Tennesee Bureau of Investigation]