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FBI Offers Reward In Tabitha Tuders Case


By Mark Bellinger 

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Tabitha Tuders disappeared from her East Nashville neighborhood seven years ago this week. The FBI is offering a $25,000 reward for new information in the case. 

She was 13 years old when she disappeared. The FBI has released a new age progression picture of Tabitha, who would be 20 years old in 2010. 

Tabitha's family is holding out hope that the $25,000 reward will entice someone to come forward. 

"You don't let it go. It eats at you all the time," said Tabitha's father Bo Tuders. 

Bo hopes the FBI reward money will help, but he wonders if any amount of cash will make a difference. 

"I don't know. If it was up to $1 million who would know? How can you put a price on a child?" said Bo. 

Bo said he remembers the morning of April 29, 2003 like it was yesterday.

"I woke up at 7 a.m. and said, ‘you need to get up and get ready for school because I've got to go.'  She said, ‘Okay Daddy I love you.' I said, ‘I love you too,'" said Bo. "That's the last I saw of her."

Bo said he went to work and Tabitha walked to the bus stop. 

Metro Police Detective Tom Rollins is working the case. Rollins believed Tabitha made it to the bus stop at 14th and Boscobel, but that's where the trail ended. 

"We continue to receive calls on a regular basis and those calls lead to tips that we follow up, and they have not led to bringing this child home yet," said Rollins. 

When Tabitha disappeared there was an all out search of the East Nashville neighborhood, and Rollins said even the smallest piece of information could solve the case. 

Her father said the family will not give up hope. 

"You know I could be coming home from work and by the graces of the Great Lord she could be sitting here or sitting in that chair wanting to get in," said Bo. 

The wait has not been easy on the Tuders family. Bo said people still ask them how Tabitha is doing. Apparently, they do not know she's gone.

The Tuders thought about moving away. 

"When she came up missing we were in the process of remodeling the house and all that stuff, and I said but you know this is the only place she knows. We cannot leave here yet," said Bo. 

Bo said life has to go on. 

"Hope is all we have, and we're not giving up hope," said Bo. 

Detective Rollins said recently the FBI has become very involved the Tuders investigation. They've put out an endangered missing person poster. The poster says to get the $25,000 reward your information must help police find Tabitha. The information must lead to an arrest and conviction in the case.

E-mail: mbellinger@newschannel5.com

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