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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – WHNT News 19 found two Instagram accounts believed to belong to 15-year-old Elizabeth Thomas and 50-year-old Tad Cummins.

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation claims Cummins possibly used his role as a teacher to lure Thomas and potentially sexually exploit her.

A number of people on social media feel the same way.

One Instagram user commented on Cummins page saying, “This entire Instagram account shows a predator grooming his prey. I hope this young girl is rescued safely and this old man ends up behind bars​.”

The last picture uploaded on what appears to be Cummins account is an image saying “It’s a beautiful day to start.”

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That post was made three days ago, the same day Thomas was reported missing.

Many social media users are begging the suspect to do the right thing.

​”Be a man of god and bring her back. She’s a child, she doesn’t know what she wants right now. You are defying Jesus by doing this. Please, be a good man and return her.”

Some people are also tweeting at him, hoping he will turn himself in.

“C’mon man your a teacher. act like it and be responsible. This girl should be at home with her family, step up and #takeherhome.”

Monday is also the last day Thomas posted on Instagram.

We are closely following the developments in this case.

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