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ABC 20/20 December 2 2022 “A Captive Student” Preview

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This episode of “ABC 20/20” airs tonight December 2 at 9PM ET. In 2017, 50-year-old high school teacher Tad Cummins took his 15-year-old student Elizabeth Thomas from her small hometown in Tennessee after illicit behavior that began in his classroom came to light. Their disappearance prompted a 38-day national search, making headlines across the country. “20/20” examines the case with new interviews and police footage after ABC News correspondent Eva Pilgrim had the first on-camera interview with Thomas in 2018. The two-hour program provides a comprehensive look at the case, including the events leading up to the disappearance, never-before-released evidence from the month-long investigation that tracked the pair across the country, and the prosecution of Cummins.

“20/20” has new interviews with key investigators and prosecutors who brought Cummins to justice, including Special Agent Sterling Wall, the lead FBI agent on the case; Special Agent Tyler Sells with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation; detective Marcus Albright, the lead investigator from the Maury County, Tennessee Sherriff’s Office; and Sara Beth Myers, the lead federal prosecutor on the case. The program also features never-before-broadcast interrogation footage of Cummins, providing critical insight into his state of mind before he fled, and an interview with Cummins’ ex-wife Jill. Additional interviews include key family members of Cummins and Thomas; Jason Whatley, the Thomas family attorney; District Attorney Brent Cooper; and Griffin Barry, whose tip led to Cummins’ arrest.

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