Tennessee Amber Alert: Ex-teacher accused of kidnapping reportedly spotted in Texas

Tad Cummins is accused of kidnapping Elizabeth Thomas

Tad Cummins is accused of kidnapping Elizabeth Thomas  (AP)

The teacher accused of kidnapping one of his students sparking a nationwide manhunt was reportedly spotted on a beach in Corpus Christi, Texas Thursday.

The Tennessean reported that Corpus Christi police were dispatched at about 1 p.m. to the 4500 block of U.S. Highway 181 in North Beach after a call from Tennessee was forwarded to the police department.

Tad Cummins was added to Tennessee’s Most Wanted List after he was suspected of kidnapping his 15-year-old student Elizabeth Thomas last week. Authorities issued an amber alert for a silver Nissan Rogue with license plate 976ZPT. 

Corpus Christi police spokeswoman Gena Pena said the call indicated an SUV with partially-matching plates may have been spotted in North Beach.

“Units are out there trying to look for the vehicle but nothing has been found,” Pena told the Caller-Times.

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigations has been searching for the blond-haired student and 50-year-old Maury County Schools health teacher since March 13. Investigators believe Cummins may have abducted the girl to “potentially sexually exploit her.”