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Story of Ohio women found alive renews hope for others missing

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NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) -

At any given moment, at least 400 children in Tennessee are considered missing, and dozens of those cases date back years.

Now, the dramatic story in Ohio where three women have been found alive after a decade missing has injected new hope for families of those who remain missing and the investigators working to bring them all home.

What happened in Cleveland would be like finding Tabitha Tuders or Holly Bobo alive, proving that it may just be possible.

"That's why we never give up," said Margie Quin, assistant special agent in charge of the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation. "If you can't get excited about a missing kid - if that doesn't inspire you to work hard - then I don't know what does."

Quin handles missing children cases for TBI, and said fewer than 1 percent of children reported missing live past a single day.

So, you can imagine what the news in Cleveland must mean.

"I think it gives us all a little bit of hope. And we hope that today or tomorrow one of Tennessee's long-term missing kids is found safely - is found alive," Quin said.

One name that remains on the list of those missing in Tennessee still haunts investigators and many in the city of Nashville: Tabitha Tuders.

For her father, Bo Tuders, the news in Ohio also renewed his hope.

"Our's could be next - just anytime," he said.

Tabitha Tuders vanished more than a decade ago, around the same time the three girls in Cleveland disappeared.

"With them finding them up there, it just takes our hopes up there real high," Bo Tuders said.

The TBI continues to work at least 40 similar cases right now with names and faces history could never forget.

"It happens. These kids do get recovered, and that's what we hope for. That's what we pray for every day," Quin said.

For now, that remains the best hope in cases like Bobo, whose mother released a statement in reaction to the miracle states away.

"It renews our faith and hope that Holly will be found. We really need the community's help and we need to continue to search more properties surrounding Parsons. We are sure there are important clues out there waiting to be discovered," Karen Bobo said in a statement.

In Ohio, police credit the bravery of the woman who escaped and the neighbor who helped in a reminder, it seems, to always trust your gut.

"It's sort of like Sesame Street: 'Which one of these is not like the others?' If something doesn't belong, call somebody. Say something," Quin said.

To view information on Tennessee's missing children, visit: http://www.tbi.tn.gov/missing_children/miss_child.shtml.

There are also many who are missing and now are above age 18. To see their information, visit: http://www.tbi.tn.gov/missing_children/miss_child_18.shtml.

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