Monday marks 16 years since disappearance of Tabitha Tuders

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Family and friends will gather Monday at Bailey Middle School in East Nashville to mark 16 years since Tabitha Tuders disappeared.  

The disappearance of Tabitha Tuders is one of Nashville’s most infamous missing persons cases.

The 13-year-old vanished on April 29, 2003 while walking to her bus stop from her home on Lillian Street in East Nashville.  

It’s a morning her parents Bo and Debra Tuders think about every day; the morning that changed their lives forever.

Sixteen years later, the Tuders continue searching. They still live in the same East Nashville home, only blocks away from where Tabitha disappeared.

“We talk about her every single day, to somebody,” said Tabitha’s mother, Debra Tuders.

What happened to Tabitha is still a mystery. Her family doesn’t know who took her or why. And they don’t even know if she’s alive or dead.

“We just pray about it that one day we’re going to find her again,” said Debra Tuders.

Tips on Tabitha have continued to trickle in over the years. 

After 16 years, some might be tempted to give up hope. But not the Tuders.

“Hope is all we have left,” said Bo Tuders.

“I’ll never give up until they come and tell me that we won’t ever get her back,” said Debra Tuders. 

After Tabitha disappeared, her parents hung a missing banner on the front porch.

All these years later, the banner is fading but it will remain there until Tabitha comes home.

“We just need closure so we’ll know if she’s here,” said Debra Tuders. “Or if she’s not, I just want to be able to put her to rest, you know it’s hard.”

The FBI and Nashville Crime Stoppers have teamed up to offer a $51,000 reward in this case. If you have any information on the disappearance of Tabitha Tuders call  615-862-8600 or 1-800-THE-LOST.

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