Detectives work new leads on Tabitha Tuders case

Tabitha Tuders
Tabitha was on her way to bus stop when she disappeared.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Metro detectives are looking closely at two new leads in the Tabitha Tuders case.

The 13-year-old disappeared from her east Nashville home in 2003. She was last seen walking to her bus stop but never showed up to school.

Tabitha Tuders
Tabitha Tuders was 13 years old when she disappeared in 2003.

Det. Steven Jolley took over the case in July after the detective who was formerly in charge of it left the department for another job. Since then, he’s been digging through the case files and interviewing witnesses.

Det. Jolley said he’s currently looking closely at one man.

“There had been a fairly extensive investigation on him in 2003 and there were different red flags then,” Det. Jolley said.

He said he can’t release the man’s name but said he’s currently incarcerated on a different case. He said the man was often seen in the area and was known to like young girls. More importantly, Det. Jolley found out his alibi has fallen through.

“I’ve since been able to basically debunk that alibi,” Det. Jolley said.

He admits he doesn’t have proof or any evidence the man knew Tabitha or ever hurt a young girl.

He plans on interviewing the man about Tuders after his trial for the other case is over. In the meantime, he will continue investigating the man’s past.

“I’m going to continue to talk to people who know him and try to reach out to find if there are any other victims,” Jolley said.

Det. Jolley said the other lead is a vehicle that was seen in the area at the time of her disappearance. As far as he knows, the van has never been reported. He said he spoke with witnesses who saw a van that looked like the one from the 80s TV show, “The A-Team.” He said the van was crimson in color.

“They saw it stop, back up briefly on 15th, and then took off at a high rate of speed,” Det. Jolley said.

He’s hoping to track down any information about the van. He said even if it has nothing to do with the case, he wants to know so he can cross it off and move on to something else.

If you have any information about the case, contact the Metro Police Department at 615-862-8600 or Crime Stoppers at 615-74-CRIME.

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