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Tennessee Teacher Accused of Abducting 15-Year-Old Girl Researched ‘Teen Marriage': Authorities

The father of a missing 15-year-old girl who authorities say disappeared with her 50-year-old former teacher more than a week ago was overcome with emotion to learn that her alleged abductor had been recently looking up teenage marriage online.

"It's just very disheartening," Anthony Thomas told NBC News Tuesday after finding out that new piece of information. "I'm afraid he's married her."

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigations has said that Tad Cummins, a teacher at a rural high school in Maury County, possibly planned to abduct Elizabeth Thomas, and the two have been missing since March 13.

The TBI issued an Amber alert for Elizabeth last Tuesday.

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