Search for Elizabeth Thomas, Tad Cummins reaches 2 weeks

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COLUMBIA, Tenn. (WKRN) – Monday marks two weeks since 15-year-old Elizabeth Thomas went missing from Maury County.

She has not been seen since March 13 when she was dropped off at a Shoney’s by a friend. She is believed to be with 50-year-old Tad Cummins, her former teacher now charged in her kidnapping.

Despite nearly 1,000 tips, there has yet to be a credible sighting of either Thomas or Cummins, who authorities believe is armed with two handguns.

A new video was also released Sunday by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation in the hopes it will help someone recognize her.

PHOTOS: AMBER Alert for Elizabeth Thomas

(Graphic: WKRN; Photos: TBI)

Family friend Caleb Banks told News 2 he spent some time with Thomas’ family over the weekend. He made a green ribbon with three pictures of the teenager and hung it on a tree outside her father’s house.

Banks told News 2 it was a tough weekend for the family.

“Two weeks had come and gone. It’s extremely hard, very difficult. Her sister celebrated her birthday the other day, and Mary Catherine Elizabeth wasn’t there to celebrate it with them,” said Banks.

As loved ones continue to have faith that Thomas will return safely, News 2 learned new information about how Thomas and Cummins were communicating before they went missing.

Maury County DA Brent Cooper told News 2 they were writing emails to each other and saving them as drafts using Cummins’ school email account.

Here’s Tad Cummins and Elizabeth Thomas at school in January, days before his alleged inappropriate contact with her. (Courtesy: TBI)

DA Cooper will be the one prosecuting the former teacher in this case. They have known each other since childhood.

A vigil is also being held Columbia this Sunday in the square at 7 p.m.

Thomas is 5 feet tall and weighs 120 pounds. She has blonde hair and hazel eyes. She was last seen wearing a flannel shirt and black leggings.

Cummins is 6 feet tall and weighs 200 pounds. He has brown hair and eyes and was last seen driving a Silver Nissan Rogue with TN license plate 976ZPT. Anyone who spots the SUV and can verify the license plate should call 911.

If you have information on Thomas or Cummins, call the Maury County Sheriff’s Office at 931-388-5151 or the TBI at 1-800-TBI-FIND.

Click here for more on the AMBER Alert for Elizabeth Thomas.