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    Tabitha Danielle Tuders (13) - Nashville TN, 2003

    Missing Since: April 29, 2003 from Nashville, Tennessee
    Classification: Endangered Missing
    Date of Birth: February 15, 1990
    Age: 13 years old
    Height and Weight: 4'9 - 5'1, 90 - 100 pounds
    Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian female. Sandy blonde hair, blue eyes. Tuders has a birthmark on her stomach and a scar on her finger. Her ears are pierced. Tuders has a fair, freckled complexion.

    Details of Disappearance

    Tuders was last seen by her family at approximately 7:00 a.m. on April 29, 2003, when her father woke her up in their home in the 1300 block of Lillian Street in Nashville, Tennessee. She was watching television when he went to work. She was supposed to board the school bus at 8:00 a.m. at 14th & Boscobel Streets. Tuders did not get on the bus and never arrived at Bailey Middle School, where she attended.

    Tuders's parents contacted the school that evening when she failed to return home. When they found out she had been absent from school that day, they reported her missing shortly before 6:00 p.m. She does not have a history of a runaway and her parents cannot think of any reason why she would want to leave her home. She was a straight-A student with a perfect attendance record, and there is no evidence that she had a boyfriend. She was supposed to go visit the Six Flags of America amusement park in Louisville, Kentucky two weeks after she disappeared, and was very excited about the trip. Tuders left behind all her possessions, including her clothes, makeup, and $20.

    A neighborhood boy told police he saw Tuders get into a red car with a thirty- to forty-year-old man on the morning of her disappearance. He says once Tuders was inside the vehicle, it reversed course and headed up a hill. The boy's story has not been confirmed, but tracker dogs traced Tuders's scent along a route similar to the one described by the boy. The dogs eventually traced her scent into an alley, a place Tuders's friends say she would never have gone to alone.

    Authorities have not ruled out the possibility that Tuders left of her own accord, but as more time passes with no contact from her it becomes more unlikely that she ran away. Her mother and adult siblings have both taken and passed polygraph tests in connection with her disappearance. They and Tuders's father have all been cleared as suspects.

    A piece of paper found in Tuders's room after her disappearance may have some connection to her case. A picture of it posted below this case summary. The paper reads, in Tuders's handwriting, "T.D.T. - N - M.T.L." T. D. T. are Tuders's initials; the initials of the other person are unknown. Also found was a business card with Tuders's name, address, phone number, and the notations "call me" and "sexy girl," the latter of which was crossed out and rewritten as "ghetto girl." The card turned out to have been given Tuders by a friend, though, and had no connection to her disappearance. Police searched the logs of a computer at the local public library where Tuders is said to have visited Internet chat rooms, but turned up no information pertaining to her disappearance.

    Martin Tim Boyd, who was arrested for trying to lure an eleven-year-old girl into his car four months after Tuders's disappearance, was looked at as a person interest in Tuders's case because of the nature of the crime he is charged with and because the alleged incident happened just a few blocks from Tuders's home. There is no evidence connecting Boyd and Tuders, however, and he was eventually taken off the suspect list.

    On October 30, 2003, a trucker reported a possible sighting of Tuders from Linton, Indiana. The trucker saw a girl accompanied by a man and another teenaged girl. The girl who looked like Tuders appeared to be anxious and afraid. Later, when he saw a missing persons flier of Tuders, he realized that she resembled the girl he'd seen and contacted police. A hotel clerk in Linton also saw a girl resembling Tuders with a man and a teenaged girl and reported it. These sightings has not been confirmed.

    August 19, 2003, almost five months after Tuders's disappearance, an eleven-year-old girl named Heaven Ross disappeared while on her way to school in Northport, Alabama. Her remains were found in Holt, Alabama three years after her disappearance; her murder remains unsolved. Like Tuders, Ross had light-colored hair and disappeared in the morning hours on the way to school. Authorities are considering a possible connection between the girls' cases, though the distance between Nashville and Northport is great and so far no evidence has been uncovered to link the two cases.

    Tuders's case remains unsolved. Investigators are not sure what happened to her, but they believe she is in danger.

    Above: Card found in Tuders's room
    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Nashville Metro Police Department


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