TBI: Photos From Neb. Police Are Not Cummins, Thomas

Posted at 7:23 AM, Apr 03, 2017

Authorities have determined that recent images shared by police in Nebraska are not Tad Cummins and Elizabeth Thomas.  

According to KMTV in Omaha, the Kearney Police Department said Sunday that they received a report of a possible sighting of Thomas and Cummins in the area.

In a Facebook post, Kearney Police released photos of what resembled 50-year-old Tad Cummins and 15-year-old Elizabeth Thomas at a convenience store. 

However, officials with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation later determined that the images were not of Cummins and Thomas.

On Friday, investigators confirmed both Cummins and Thomas were spotted in the Oklahoma City area back on March 15.     

Previously, officials near Memphis issued a BOLO (Be-On-The-Lookout) for the pair after reports surfaced of them being spotted at a gas station. However, TBI agents confirmed that alleged sighting was not accurate.     

The Kearney Police Department later released the following statement: 

"Investigators of the Kearney Police Department received additional information this morning in regards to the possible sighting of the male suspect and Elizabeth Thomas which occurred on Sunday, April 2nd, at the McDonald’s Restaurant (5602 1st Avenue, Kearney, NE). It has been confirmed that the individuals shown in the video are not involved in the kidnapping / Amber Alert out of Tennessee. We have had contact with the male subject in the video and have confirmed his identity and have determined he is not the subject of the Amber Alert. Authorities in Tennessee and the Federal Bureau of Investigation have been notified of the results of our investigation.

We wish to thank the reporting party, McDonald's, and the witnesses to this investigation for your cooperation. We ask that you keep the family of Elizabeth in your thoughts and prayers and that she returns home safely.

Even though there have been no confirmed sightings in Nebraska, we ask that the public continues to watch for these individuals to bring a safe conclusion to this case. If you have information on Thomas or Cummins, call the MCSD at 931-375-8654 or the TBI at 1-800-TBI-FIND."

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