One month has passed since 15-year-old Elizabeth Thomas went missing with former teacher 50-year-old Tad Cummins on March 13.
An AMBER Alert has been ongoing as police search for Elizabeth, who they believe to be in great danger from the accused pedophile.
Now many questions are being asked about how many people knew about Tad’s apparent affair with the teen and why they never said anything. Elizabeth’s father Anthony even filed a legal petition to draw out witnesses who said they knew of many instances of Tad stalking Elizabeth, manipulating her, and giving her gifts before the two disappeared from Tennessee.
People Magazine spoke with Michael Cox, the attorney Tad’s wife Jill, about any warning signs she may have seen.
Cox said that Jill, who recently filed for divorce, was well aware of the reported kiss between Tad and Elizabeth that led to Tad’s suspension as teacher, but “she did not believe it had actually occurred.”
In fact, she said she saw no signs that her husband was in an affair and was taken “completely by surprise” when Tad left with Elizabeth.
Cox explained, “[She’s] still trying to get a grasp on the situation on how the person [she thought she] knew could have done this.”
They’ve more recently discovered additional evidence of the ongoing affair, including inappropriate, intimate e-mails between the two.
Speaking through the media, Jill has begged her husband to give himself up and desperately wants Elizabeth to be safely rescued from him.
Cox said that while Jill has received some harsh comments for being blind to the affair, “She has received more support than she has criticism. She’s very grateful and thankful.”
Cox added that Jill’s “emotions are still raw and it’s a hard thing to talk about for her. Even though it’s been a month, [she and her family are] still trying to get used to [this].”
Please continue to pray for Elizabeth’s safety and that the police can find her soon.
The last confirmed sighting of Tad and Elizabeth was on March 15 at an Oklahoma City Walmart.
Elizabeth is a 15-year-old white female with blonde hair that may be red now. She has hazel eyes, is five feet tall, and weighs about 120 pounds.
Tad is a 50-year-old white male with gray and black hair that appears be dyed black now. He was last seen with a mustache, goatee, and dark-rimmed glasses. He has brown eyes, is six feet tall, and weighs about 200 pounds. '
If you spot them, please call 911. Tad is believed to be in possession of multiple firearms.