Tips still offered in teen’s 2004 disappearance

Amber Cates (Photo: Submitted)

COLUMBIA, Tenn. (AP) – The disappearance of a 16-year-old girl from Columbia nine years ago remains an active case that sometimes produces new leads for the Maury County Sheriff's Department.

Amber Cates left her home with a friend on April 9, 2004, and her family hasn't heard from her since.

Her half-sister, Brenda James, will hold a candlelight vigil on April 13. She told The Daily Herald that she doubts Cates is still alive but will keep searching until her sister is found.

Detective Jerry Williams said there's a $25,000 FBI reward in the case. His office continues to get tips, some generated from outside Tennessee because Cates' face has been seen on billboards along U.S. 31 and posters on the back of Mt. Pleasant Transfer tractor-trailers traveling a five-state region.

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