New search underway in cold case disappearance of 13-year-old Tennessee girl

Mid-South

Tabitha Tuders disappeared when she was 13-years-old. Photo: WKRN

TENNESSEE (News Nation/WKRN) — A new search is underway after police said they received new tips in the 2003 cold case disappearance of 13-year-old Tabitha Tuders, who disappeared while walking to the bus stop blocks away from her Tennessee home.

Detectives said “recent information” led them to search a property in southwest of Nashville with the assistance of the FBI.

Police said they were also serving a search warrant at an undisclosed location in Dickson County in connection with the case Wednesday.

In a one-on-one interview with News Nation affiliate WKRN, Detective Steven Jolley said that from the start of the investigation “many tips” have come saying that Tabitha may have been abducted, drugged and forced into prostitution in the nearby area. Jolley said those same tips continue to come in even 17 years later.


Property in Hickman County searched 8/12/20 for evidence in Tabitha Tuders’ disappearance. (Photo: WKRN)

Jolley also said tips continue to name one man currently serving a “lengthy” sentence in a federal prison, who was known to be involved in prostitution in the East Nashville area. The detective explained that man, whose name has not been released, is one of many “potential suspects” in Tabitha’s disappearance.

Her family continues to hold out hope. They hold a candlelight vigil every year for Tabitha outside East Nashville Magnet Middle School.

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