Manhunt

Tennessee Amber Alert: DA willing to jeopardize criminal case to bring teen home

Bryan Llenas shares latest details of the ongoing search for the girl and the suspect

 

In an unprecedented move, Maury County District Attorney Brent Cooper released details about evidence in the case Wednesday, particularly a note Tad Cummins left for his wife the day he went missing.

Cooper said he's willing to jeopardize the criminal case against accused kidnapper Tad Cummins if it brings missing Maury County teen Mary Catherine Elizabeth Thomas home safe. Cummins faces possible charges for sexual contact with a minor and kidnapping.

It's been 30 days since Elizabeth Thomas and Tad Cummins disappeared. Posters and green ribbons are up all over the Square in Columbia. Many people in Murray County expected the case would've been sold by now.

Brent Cooper is taking a big risk to get Elizabeth Thomas home safe.

"If we jeopardize our criminal case by releasing something, if it leads to her being found, it'll be worth it," Cooper said.

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The District Attorney is releasing information about a note Tad Cummins left for his wife before he took off with 15-year -old Elizabeth Thomas.

"Without saying what he said, it was basically a breadcrumb to a location that we know was not where they went," Cooper said. "It was just a way to buy some time."

Cummins' wife Jill notified authorities the next day, but by that time the pair had already left. Since then, they were spotted shopping at an Oklahoma City Walmart on March 15, which is two days after they disappeared.

Cooper said Cummins may now be running low on the blood pressure medication he takes daily.

"[We are] asking doctors, walk in clinics to be extra alert," Cooper said. "If they're in the states he'll have to go and get a doctor to refill that. Of course if they're in Mexico maybe not."

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