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Tabitha Tuders


13-year-old Tabitha Tuders went missing on April 29, 2003, while walking a short distance to her bus stop. Despite extensive searches and investigations, Tabitha has never been found, and her disappearance remains a mystery. There have been many leads and potential suspects over the years, but none have led to finding Tabitha.


Tabitha has sandy blonde hair and blue eyes. She has a birthmark on her stomach and a scar on her finger. Both of her ears are pierced. When she went missing, she was 5’1” and weighed approximately 100 lbs. The FBI is offering a reward of up to $50,000 for information leading to the recovery of Tabitha and the prosecution of those responsible for her disappearance.


If you have any information about Tabitha Tuders, contact your local FBI office, or you can submit a tip online at Tips.FBI.Gov.





Sources:

Alund, Natalie Neysa, and Chris Gadd. “Evidence Search Underway in Case of Tabitha Tuders, Nashville Girl Who Went Missing 17 Years Ago.” The Tennessean, Nashville Tennessean, 12 Aug. 2020, https://www.tennessean.com/story/news/2020/08/12/tabitha-tuders-evidence-search-nashville-hickman/5581351002/.



Bottorff, Christian. “Tabitha's Trail, Public Interest Grow Cold.” The Tennessean, 29 Apr. 2004, p. B2. Newspapers.com.



Burke, Sheila. “Police Search for Missing Teen since Morning.” The Tennessean, 30 Apr. 2003, p. 18. Newspapers.com.



Burke, Sheila. “Students Record Song to Help Find Tabitha Tuders.” The Tennessean, 26 Nov. 2003, p. 20. Newspapers.com.



Cantrell, Aaron. “Friday Marks 19th Anniversary of Tabitha Tuders Disappearance.” News Channel 5 Nashville (WTVF), 29 Apr. 2022, https://www.newschannel5.com/news/19th-anniversary-of-tabitha-tuders-disappearance.



Demsky, Ian. “Metro Police Seek Leads 2 Years after Teen Vanished.” The Tennessean, 30 Apr. 2005, p. B1. Newspapers.com.



Demsky, Ian. “Teams, Dogs Search for a Scent of Tabitha.” The Tennessean, 17 July 2003, p. 1. Newspapers.com.



Denis, Alex. “Tabitha Tuders' Family Still Seeking Answers 19 Years after Her Disappearance.” WKRN News 2, 30 Apr. 2022, https://www.wkrn.com/news/local-news/nashville/tabitha-tuders-family-still-seeking-answers-19-years-after-her-disappearance/.



Denis, Alex. “TN Missing: A Look at Age Progressed Photos of Tabitha Tuders.” WKRN News 2, WKRN News 2, 3 Apr. 2022, https://www.wkrn.com/special-reports/tn-missing-a-look-at-age-progressed-photos-of-tabitha-tuders.



“Have You Seen This Child? Tabitha Tuders.” National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, https://www.missingkids.org/poster/ncmc/961685/1.



“Last Stop.” Disappeared, season 9, episode 10, 3 June 2018.



Laurence, Theresa, et al. “On April 29, 2003, 13-Year-Old Tabitha Tuders Left for School and Never Came Home.” The East Nashvillian, 20 Jan. 2023, https://www.theeastnashvillian.com/tabitha-tuders/.



“Musician Writes Song for Tabitha Tuders.” News Channel 5 Nashville (WTVF), 25 Feb. 2016, https://www.newschannel5.com/news/musician-writes-song-for-tabitha-tuders.



“The National Missing and Unidentified Persons System (Namus).” NamUs.gov, https://www.namus.gov/MissingPersons/Case#/2026.



Quinn, Erin. “Tabitha's Brother, Sister Are Vigilant Parents.” The Tennessean, 9 May 2011, p. 6. Newspapers.com.



Rivers, Margo. “Search for Tabitha Intensifies.” The Tennessean, 5 May 2003, p. 11. Newspapers.com.



Slaughter, Sylvia. “Searching for Tabitha.” The Tennessean, 18 May 2003, p. 1. Newspapers.com.



“Tabitha Tuders Case: 'Recent Information' Prompts Search for Evidence in Hickman County.” News Channel 5 Nashville (WTVF), 13 Aug. 2020, https://www.newschannel5.com/news/metro-detectives-searching-hickman-county-for-evidence-in-tabitha-tuders-case.



Tamburin, Adam. “Tuder's Fate Is Still a Mystery.” The Tennessean, 6 Oct. 2014, p. A3. Newspapers.com.



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