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13-year-old Tabitha Tuders went missing 16 years ago today

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Posted at 10:33 AM, Apr 29, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-29 11:49:57-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — Today marks 16 years since 13-year-old Tabitha Tuders was last seen.

Tuders vanished from her home in Nashville in April 2003 after she left to walk to a nearby school bus stop. Reports stated she never made it onto the bus or attended school that day.

Earlier this year, NewsChannel 5 spoke with Tabitha's mother, Debra, about her daughter and how she maintains hope that one day they the two could be reunited.

"It's a terrible feeling when you don't know where your kid is but I don't know how I would react if I was to have mine walk through that door. I'd probably faint because I would be so happy to see her." Tuders said. "I mean, it's sad when you hear a story that your child is deceased, I don't want to hear that. I want them to come and tell me that my daughter's alive."

Tabitha would be 29 years old today and while a long period of time has passed those close to Tabitha have not given up.

"I love her now and I'll miss her always, but I'll see her again. She's out there, and she is coming back," a family member said.

The FBI and Nashville Crime Stoppers are offering a $51,000 reward for information that leads locating Tabitha. Anyone with information on the disappearance of Tabitha Tuders call 615-862-8600 or 1-800-THE-LOST.