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Vigil Marks 10 Year Anniversary of Tabitha Tuders' Disappearance

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by Emily Luxen

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Ten years after the disappearance of a Nashville teenager, family and friends gathered to remember the somber anniversary.

A candlelight vigil was held in honor of 13-year-old Tabitha Tuders at Bailey Middle School, where she attended.  Family members, friends, neighbors and Metro police officers participated in the event that featured singing, prayers and stories about Tabitha.

"We have a lot of support from our family and friends," said Debra Tuders, Tabitha's mother.  "You couldn't ask for anything better."

Police said Tabitha left her East Nashville home on Lillian Street to catch the bus on the morning of April 29, 2003, but she never got on the bus and did not arrive at school or back home.

There have been multiple searches around her neighborhood.  Metro police have followed up on countless tips, but they haven't found any sign of Tabitha.

The Tuders, who have a photograph of their daughter hanging on their home's front porch, said they continue hold onto hope Tabitha will be found.

"When a child goes missing, normally within five or six months they find some belongings," said Bo Tuders, Tabitha's father. "They haven't found anything of Tabitha's.  We think that's a good sign she is out there alive somewhere."

Tabitha would be 23 years old this year.

The investigation is in the hands of the Metro Police Cold Case Unit.  The Tuders said they are still in constant contact with police, but they haven't gotten any new leads recently.  They encourage anyone with information on the case to call police.

"There is a big part of our family missing, and we would love to have her back," said JoJo Tuders, Tabitha's aunt.

The FBI is still offering a $25,000 reward for information in Tuders' disappearance. If you have any information about her disappearance, call Crime Stoppers at (615) 74-CRIME.

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