- Associated Press - Saturday, October 11, 2014

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Thirteen years after she went missing from a Nashville neighborhood, authorities are still looking for answers to the disappearance of Tabitha Tuders.

She was 13 when she disappeared on April 29, 2003, on her way to a bus stop in East Nashville. Her family still has no idea what happened or where she might be.

But officials haven’t given up.

Metro Detective Steve Jolley is reviewing the case in hopes that more clues can still be found, The Tennessean (https://tnne.ws/1neR0FT) reported.

Jolley volunteered to take Tuders’ case more than a year ago. Little by little, he has dusted off old leads and re-interviewed witnesses.

There are two filing cabinet drawers filled with information on possible persons of interest in the case.

Jolley has uncovered some new information, including a tip that Tuders was seen near a green Mustang with a scorpion decal around the time of her disappearance. But nothing has brought an end to the pain that has dogged the Tuders family for more than a decade.

“It’s frustrating that I can’t give you answers,” Jolley told Bo and Debra Tuders during a visit last month to their home. “I’m not going anywhere, and I’m not gonna give up.”

The Tuders still talk about their daughter every day, conjuring up vivid details about a little girl who was so enamored with her parents she would often sleep at the foot of their bed.

“We just want some answers. Some closure,” Debra Tuders said.

In the 11 years since Tuders vanished, her parents have watched several missing persons cases come and go. That includes the case of Holly Bobo, whose remains were found a month ago in Decatur County.

The nursing student went missing one morning in 2011 while on her way to school. Five men were charged this year in connection with Bobo’s disappearance and slaying.

The news from Decatur County was a heartbreaking reminder of the way many of those cases end.

“At the same time, they got relief,” Bo Tuders said.


Information from: The Tennessean, https://www.tennessean.com

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