The Thomas family has released a statement to the public, through their attorney S. Jason Watley. Here is their statement in full:
The last ten days have been the most difficult in the Thomas family. We want to sincerely thank those of you throughout the country who are praying for Elizabeth’s safe and speedy return. The family has been overwhelmed with the kindness shown to us by the Maury County community and beyond. We humbly ask that you continue to pray as we do our best to cope with the emotional weight of Elizabeth’s abduction.
We also thank the press, both local and national, for its continuous coverage of Elizabeth’s abduction. It is critical to finding Elizabeth that we broadcast to the widest possible audience so as to keep Elizabeth’s story in front of as many people as possible. Hopefully this awareness will assist law enforcement with tips that will lead to Elizabeth.
The family certainly expresses as well its sincere thanks and praise for law enforcement. The Maury County Sheriff’s Department, the District Attorney General’s Office for the 22nd Judicial District, The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, the FBI, and other law enforcement agencies have worked tirelessly to find Elizabeth. We ask that the public stay vigilant and provide law enforcement with any information, no matter how insignificant you might perceive it, that could relate to Elizabeth’s whereabouts. Law enforcement needs tips.
Finally, we want to also address the Maury County Schools, as the teachers and administration are the core of our community. The Thomas family has the utmost respect and admiration for our teachers. They are the backbone of Maury County. We love Maury County Schools, especially Culleoka. It is important to the Thomas family to emphasize that none of the reports about possible mistakes made regarding Tad Cummins prior to Elizabeth’s disappearance are relevant to what we are doing now. Our focus should be on finding Elizabeth. Period. To do that, we need as much information as possible, including from the school system. We know that each teacher and administrator at Maury County Schools mourns as we do over this tragedy and wishes daily for Elizabeth’s safe return. Despite some of the stories that have been broadcast, the Thomas family wishes to express that the family and the schools are unified in this singular desire. Whatever questions about how issues were handled when Elizabeth was in school are distant and secondary and, in many ways, distracting, to the core issue of finding her. We thank the Maury County School System for its continued help in finding Elizabeth.
We are desperate for any information that might lead to our daughter. The information that we need is not only what people have seen and heard after Elizabeth’s disappearance, but also from before. Facts about prior events, especially interaction between Elizabeth and Tad Cummins and statements made by both to third parties, may very well contain clues to lead to Elizabeth’s return. The Thomas family asks that the community in particular re-visit events leading to Elizabeth’s disappearance and come forward with any information that you believe might give insight into the mind of either Elizabeth or Mr. Cummins. Elizabeth must be found. Time is of the essence.
Thank you, and may God be with Elizabeth.
Elizabeth was last the morning of Monday, March 13th at Shoney’s in Columbia. She is expected to be with her former teacher 50-year-old Tad Cummins. Cummins may be driving a silver Nissan Rogue with the license plate TN 976-ZPT, but the TBI believe they may have changed vehicles at this point.
Descriptions & Photos
Elizabeth is a 15-year-old white female, with blonde hair, hazel eyes, stands 5’5” and weighs 120 pounds. She was last seen wearing a flannel shirt and black leggings.
Cummins is a 50-year-old white man, who stands 6’00” and weighs approximately 200 pounds. He has brown hair and brown eyes.
The TBI would urge the public to remain vigilant and report any information that may prove beneficial in the ongoing search to 1-800-TBI-FIND. If you spot the vehicle, Elizabeth or Cummins call 911 immediately.
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