Tabitha Tuders' Family Feels Connected To Bobo Family 4-23-2011 - WSMV News 4

Tabitha Tuders' Family Feels Connected To Bobo Family 4-23-2011


Reported by Caroline Moses

A well-known family that knows all too well what Holly Bobo's family is going through is helping in the case. The sister of Tabitha Tuders, who went missing eight years ago, is now helping search for the nursing student.

Next Friday will be exactly eight years since 13-year-old Tabitha Tuders went missing from her East Nashville school bus stop. Now she would be 21-years-old, and her parents still believe she will come home. They want the Bobo family to keep the same faith.

"We're never going to give up hope," said Debrah Tuders.

While Debrah and Bo Tuders' daughter helps search for missing nursing student Holly Bobo, they spread the word about their own little girl, Tabitha Tuders. Tabitha disappeared at 13 years-old on her way to her school bus stop in East Nashville.

"We deal with it every day, and we're just going to keep hoping and praying that we'll find her," said Debrah Tuders.

The Tuders said Tabitha would be in college today, like 20-year-old Holly Bobo was. And they feel both family's pain.

"Heartache, why did it happen to her, the same things we've been going through, and our thoughts and prayers go out to them down there," said Bo Tuders.

Like the Bobo case, so far, the Tuders have no strong evidence and still no answers about what happened to their daughter.

"We haven't heard nothing since she has been gone. We tried to do the leads but nothing pans out," said Debrah Tuders.

So, they're trying something new. Nascar driver Kevin Conway agreed to put Tabitha's picture on his race car.

"It was a really compelling story and it's something that we hope to bring awareness to and also honor their family today," said Conway.

"It lets the people know she is still missing and it gets it out there again," said Bo Tuders.

The Tuders are hoping this reminder might help bring back their daughter, just like they pray the searches for Holly Bobo may help bring closure.

"Somebody that day had to see something and just either scared to come forward or something," said Debrah Tuders. "I never dreamed it would be this long, but we are never going to give up though. We are going to be together one day, if not here, we'll be in heaven together."

The Tuders are holding a candlelight vigil for Tabitha next Friday at 7:30 p.m. at Bailey Middle School in Nashville. They ask for everyone's prayers.

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