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xx Tabitha Tuders April 29, 2003 - TN
« Thread started on: Oct 27th, 2004, 10:41am »

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It was 7 a.m. on the morning of April 29, 2003. Before going to work, Bo Tuders awakened his daughter, Tabitha, to get ready for school. At 4 p.m., when Tabitha did not return home after school, her parents contacted Bailey Middle School and were told she had not attended any of her classes that day. Nobody had seen her at the bus stop, or on the school bus. A frightened Bo and Debra Tuders immediately notified the police about their missing daughter and an extensive search began for the missing 13-year-old child.

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« Reply #1 on: Oct 27th, 2004, 10:46am »

Searchers from the Metro Police, Office of Emergency Management, and Metro Sheriff's deputies this morning stepped up their search for Tabitha Tuders, 13, who has been missing since April 29.

Using cadaver-sniffing dogs, four teams canvassed East Nashville neighborhoods around the Tuders' home. The search began about 7 a.m. and continued until about 11 a.m. Police spokesman Don Aaron said a new team of dogs will recommence searching between 5-6 p.m. tonight.

In a statement, acting Police Chief Deborah Faulker said that police did not have evidence indicating Tabitha was dead or abducted. Tabitha's mother Debra said again today that there was no way her daughter ran away.

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« Reply #2 on: Oct 27th, 2004, 10:47am »

LINTON, Ind. — A sticker of a star was pasted at the corner of her eye.

She was young and small. And she told Eli Beck, 18, that she and another girl were living out of a blue car that was in the parking lot of The Park Inn, a motel that Beck's parents own in the small town of Linton. She had run away from the Nashville area, she told him.

At the time, Beck thought nothing of it. His family owns the motel in the heart of this small town of about 5,700, which is about 90 miles southwest of Indianapolis. He works there pulling linens out of rooms.

The few moments he spent with those girls, however, came flashing back Nov. 14 when Beck saw an article in the local newspaper, the Linton Daily Citizen. The article was about Tabitha Tuders, a 13-year-old who vanished nearly seven months ago on the way to the school bus stop in east Nashville.

Immediately he thought the girl in the photo in the newspaper could have been the girl with the star beside her eye. And he had to say something. He told his mother, and she went to the Linton police with the information.

It's the second such report in the area about a girl who looks a lot like Tabitha. The Bailey Middle student has been missing since April 29. Metro police say they don't think the Linton sightings will lead them to Tabitha.

Beck isn't saying it was definitely Tabitha. He's just saying it might have been.

''I reported it because I'd hate to find out some day it was her and that I didn't say anything,'' said Beck, his black hair curling out from underneath a Penn State baseball cap.

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« Reply #3 on: Oct 27th, 2004, 3:20pm »

They told a court that he smoked crack out in the open, smashed beer bottles along the streets, stole from them and created havoc in the neighborhood.

But it will be a long time before neighbors in east Nashville might have to deal with ''Fast Fred'' again.

Yesterday, Earnest Fred Brown was sentenced to nearly 15 years in prison.

Brown, 22, who was loosely linked by police as a person of interest in the April 2003 disappearance case of then-13-year-old Tabitha Tuders, pleaded guilty to five separate cases involving theft, burglary and assault before Criminal Court Judge Steve Dozier.

Neighbors said they were ''relieved'' and wondered why it took so long for Brown, who had been arrested multiple times and kept making bond and getting rearrested, to go to prison.

''It's about time,'' said Ian Brenner of Boscobel Street.

''We can actually sleep at night. The dogs are not going crazy every night,'' said Brenner's wife, Denise. Denise Brenner testified last spring that Brown not only stole from her husband but would constantly disrupt the neighborhood, including riling the dogs in yards down the street.

She and more than a dozen residents in east Nashville turned out in court in May to attend a bond hearing for Brown. Neighbors said they were sick of Brown getting arrested, making bond and then getting back out on the street.

Brown has previously told The Tennessean that he had mental illness, an addiction to crack and a proclivity for theft.

His grandmother wept in Dozier's courtroom yesterday after Brown pleaded guilty to three counts of theft over $1,000, two counts of burglary of a motor vehicle and one count of assault.

She hugged him one last time before he went to prison. The woman declined to comment.

Since 1999, Brown has been arrested 14 times on charges including theft, driving without a license, illegal weapons possession, aggravated burglary, aggravated assault and probation violation. His arrest history before 1999 is confidential because he was a juvenile.

Denise Brenner said the neighborhood has been quiet since Brown has been in jail.
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xx E-mail tip sparks search for missing girl
« Reply #4 on: Dec 17th, 2004, 4:44pm »

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Metro Police are investigating e-mail sent to Channel 4 News concerning the location of Tabitha Tuders. The now 14 year-old girl has been missing since April of 2003. Channel Four's James Lewis received the e-mail.

Based on the tip, a police cadaver dog sniffed through the woods in Montgomery Bell State Park, trying to find the remains of Tabitha Tuders.

E-mail sent to Channel 4 indicated her remains were near a small tree.

We get quite a lot of e-mail here [at Channel 4]. But when you get something like this, you really take it seriously. And so do the police.

Metro Detective Ronnie Brannom says they get about a tip a week. So far nothing has turned up.

"We'll go back over and see if we have anything that corresponds with this description," Det. Brannom said.

The e-mail was fairly explicit: a guard rail inside the park, description of the vehicle, and the suspect.

It was signed "NLNNFN", an anonymous account at Yahoo, but police say they check out all leads.

"Oh right. That's correct. We've got to investigate every lead like it's the real deal,” Det. Brannom said.

Meanwhile, the Tuders are getting ready for Christmas, but without their little one.

"Christmas is not the same without her but we have our grandchildren, our other two children to think about, too," said Tabitha’s mom Debra Tuders.

Police say they've received other phony clues like this but for the Tuders family, it's especially hurtful.

"You know, that's something I don't understand, why people send disturbing things like that because we're already hurting enough as it is," Tuders said.

Tabitha's picture is on the Christmas angel on top of the tree. A purple angel. Tabitha's favorite color.

Metro Police, the TBI and the FBI are using computer experts to determine who sent the e-mail.
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xx Family holds onto hope, memories of Tabitha
« Reply #5 on: Dec 26th, 2004, 11:20pm »

Ironically, I'll Be Home for Christmas comes from the television.

In his east Nashville home, Bo Tuders switches the channel to a news station.

''I wish my baby girl would be home for Christmas,'' he says. ''It ain't Christmas without her.''

Tabitha Tuders, then 13 years old, was last seen by her parents in April 2003, just before they left for work.

Neighbors had seen Tabitha walking toward her school bus stop that morning, but she never made it there.

''She vanished a block from home,'' Debra Tuders says. ''I can't believe a kid can't be safe one block from her home … Just one block …''

Police believe that Tabitha was abducted.

''Someone definitely took her,'' Bo Tuders says. ''Someone who was crazy took my baby girl.''

Bo Tuders has a hard time sitting still. He goes to the grocery and buys the ingredients for Tabitha's favorite meal — chili pie — for Christmas Eve's eve.

''She might not come walking in the door tonight,'' the father said later. ''But her mama and her daddy, her whole family, will keep watching that door.''

The Tuderses keep the memory of Tabitha alive this Christmas, just as they did last Christmas.

''I can't understand,'' her father says. ''Not even that report card she had with her with straight A's has showed up. You know that show, Without a Trace? I can't watch it because that's how Tabitha disappeared … She was just gone, snatched up, I believe.''

Bo Tuders walks to the tall, tall Christmas tree in their living room.

The tree-topper angel wears a necklace displaying Tabitha's picture. Bo had put the necklace on the angel, then placed it at the apex of the tree.

''Tabitha is our angel,'' he said. ''We have other children, and we love our other children, but we love Tabitha in a whole other way … I called her 'Baby Girl,' and she'll always be her daddy's baby girl.''

Under the tree is another tribute to Bo and Debra Tuders' freckle-faced daughter — a Slim Jim and a Dr Pepper, her two favorite snacks.

Debra Tuders didn't buy gifts for Tabitha this Christmas, like she did last year.

''This Christmas seems harder than last Christmas,'' she says. ''I sometimes get Tabitha in my head and I find myself talking to her. I'm begging her, 'Boo (her nickname), Boo, please, please come home.' … Someone has her. If they had any heart, they would set her free.''

The mother points out another tree, a tiny tree on an end table beside the couch.

Tabitha, her mother says, made that little tree out of four coat hangers, tiny lights and tinsel.

The lopsided little tree now is a family treasure.

Bo Tuders turns to the Christmas tree where the bejeweled angel wears Tabitha's picture on a chain around her neck.

The tree lights are on.

They will stay on, Debra Tuders said, even when her family visits other family today.

The tree stands in her front window as a beacon for Boo.

How to help

Anyone with possible information about Tabitha Tuders can call Metro Police's Youth Services unit at 862-7417. A reward has been offered to anyone who gives information that leads to the girl's whereabouts.

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« Reply #6 on: Feb 15th, 2005, 05:16am »

I wanted to say that I am thinking of Tabitha today on her 15th birthday. I am hoping that answers can be found soon for her whereabouts. I know that she is loved and missed by many.

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« Reply #7 on: Mar 1st, 2005, 07:05am »

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There are new questions in the disappearance of an East Nashville girl.. Metro Police and the girl's family now wonder if pictures that appeared on pornographic website show Tabitha Tuders.

The pictures that are causing so much interest are from a pornographic website. A girl called Victoria shares a striking resemblance to the missing 15-year-old Tabitha, who vanished from a bus stop in April, 2003. Tabitha's father Bo Tuders compared pictures from the website to his own family photos of Tabitha on Monday.

"There is a resemblance, who knows? It could be her; then again, we don't know. I want to think it's her...then again, I don't want to think its her," said Bo Tuders.

Metro Police first alerted the Tuders of the photos a few weeks ago.

"It's from a place up in Michigan, like an escort service," said Bo Tuders. "Somebody was up there and they saw this picture and they notified the authorities down here, then they notified me. I got on the internet...that's how I got the pictures."

So what's being done to find out if the girl in the pictures is, in fact, Tabitha?

"I have no idea," said Bo Tuders. "You'll have to ask the authorities that."

News 2 was unable to reach detectives on Monday night to ask that question, but Bo Tuders wants police to find the girl in the picture. If it is Tabitha, he thinks she was forced into the escort business.

"Why did she get into it? Somebody, I guess whoever snatched her up that morning, is making her do it. But if it is her, I still love her," he said.

Tabitha had just turned 13 when she mysteriously disappeared. That was nearly two years ago. Police Chief Ronal Serpas said finding her would be his department's top priority, but Bo Tuders no longer believes it is.

"I don't think enough is being done," he said.

"If she's still out there somewhere we still want to find her. If she's done past, we still want to find her so we can put her to rest the way she needs to be rested," he said.

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xx New Information in Tabitha Tuders Case
« Reply #8 on: Mar 2nd, 2005, 06:57am »

Family members confirm they've taken polygraph tests and Tabitha's older sister has failed several of them.

Tabitha Tuders disappeared in April of 2003.

She was last seen leaving for school and walking to a bus stop in East Nashville.
Sources tell NewsChannel 5 the girl's parents have passed polygraphs, but Tabitha's sister Jamie has failed some of them.

Tabitha's mother says she does not understand what the police department is doing and why they keep going after her daughter.
“Well, she's failed them and she's passed one and she's failed two, three, and you know I don't know why she keeps failing them, but I know Jamie had nothing to do with Tabitha's disappearance or nothing,” said Debra Tuders, Tabitha’s mother.

Metro Police won't comment on the polygraph tests, but they will comment on a photograph NewsChannel 5 has obtained.

A woman who appears on an escort service's website in Michigan resembles an older Tabitha Tuders.

Police do not believe it's her.

Family members also don't think it is Tabitha.

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« Reply #9 on: Mar 3rd, 2005, 05:29am »

Never-Ending Grief
Police turn their attention to Tabitha Tuders' older sister as the family cries foul
By Matt Pulle



In October 2003, six months after Tabitha Tuders vanished without a trace from her East Nashville neighborhood, her older sister, Jamie, shared her grief in a heart-wrenching note on an Internet message board.
"I know that we may have fought sometimes, but I love you very much," she wrote in an MSN board dedicated to her sister's disappearance. "One day I will be able to give you a big hug and tell you that I love you. (I really do!) The words have not come out of my mouth a lot, but I really do."

Now, though, as the two-year anniversary of the young girl's disappearance nears, Metro police detectives are turning their attention to the older sister, whose note seemed so real and heartfelt. By her own admission, Jamie says that she's failed three out of four lie detector and stress tests, but she blames it on the pressure detectives have exerted during their interrogations.

"One detective told me, 'If you don't pass this lie detector test, we're going to come over tomorrow and get your kids and everyone will see on the news what you did,' " Jamie recalls. "The police ask me why I don't stop the pain for my parents, and I explain to them I'm hurting as much as they are."

Faye Okert, the lead detective on the case, did not return repeated calls for comment, although police sources tell the Scene "there are some unresolved issues with Jamie." Her parents, however, solidly stand by their daughter. They view the detectives' interest in her as yet another shortcoming of a police department that failed to issue an Amber Alert the day she was first reported missing from her East Nashville home, April 29, 2003. Since then, the police have been slow to track obvious leads and suspects and don't keep in touch with Tabitha's grieving parents. In the meantime, as the Tuders struggle each day over the mysterious loss of their youngest daughter, they're faced with the additional burden of trying to console their oldest.

"The last time I was talking to Jamie, she was crying and crying," says Debra Tuders, who has helped Jamie raise her two children. "She said, 'Deep down in your heart, you think I had something to do with it,' and I said, 'No, not at all.' "

On April 29, 2003, Debra woke up at 6 a.m. and headed to her job at Tom Joy Elementary School, where she works as a cook in the cafeteria. Tabitha was asleep soundly at the foot of her parent's bed. Her father Bo, who works as a short haul truck driver, woke Tabitha before he headed to his job. Tabitha probably left at close to 8 a.m. to walk to her Boscobel Street bus stop, just a short distance from her Lillian Street home. She never made it there, although eyewitnesses say they saw her that morning headed down 14th Street toward Boscobel. Another eyewitness, a young kid whose credibility the police doubt, says that he saw Tabitha get in a red car, on Boscobel, up a steep hill from her stop.

If the child's account is accurate, however, it would be a significant clue. Tabitha's parents and friends say she would not have gotten in a stranger's car, nor is it likely that someone would have tried to abduct her on a weekday morning in the middle of a well-traveled road. That would leave only one scenario: Tabitha was picked up by someone she thought she could trust. Of course, that could apply to many people, from a substitute teacher to a friend of a friend to one of the many criminal residents in her neighborhood.
Jamie Tuders understands that the police have questioned her, in part, because she was the only other person in the house when Tabitha left for school. She says, though, that she wasn't awake and that she didn't talk to Tabitha that morning, although she was sleeping in Tabitha's room.

Jamie's relationship with Tabitha has drawn suspicion from the police. Although Jamie was nearly eight years older, the two did squabble. Tabitha's friends say that she didn't always enjoy babysitting Jamie's two young boys. Initially, Jamie says, she might have failed questions about how she and her sister got along, in part because she misunderstood what was being asked. Still, Debra says that the police are wrong if they think her daughters had a bitter relationship. "All siblings have arguments, but they loved each other," Debra says of Jamie, Tabitha and their brother Kevin.

Jamie says the police gave her a lie detector test just three days after Tabitha disappeared. She failed. It didn't help, she says, that a detective threatened to take her children. (A police source says this could not have happened.) Not long after that, she passed a second test. Recently, though, the police have asked Jamie to take two more lie detector tests, and she admits failing both. (At least one of those was a voice-stress test.)

Some experts say that lie detector tests are up to 90 percent accurate, although they are not admissible in court. Some police detectives view the tests as valuable tools; others don't put much stock in them unless a possible suspect refuses to take one. That wasn't the case here, however. People close to the investigation say that Jamie has cooperated fully with the police and has not once refused to take a lie detector test. Nor was she unwilling to talk to the Scene. She hasn't hired a lawyer, and there isn't anything publicly known besides the tests that casts doubt on her innocence.

Jamie says that the police don't seem to have a consistent theory about what happened to her sister. "They've told me all kinds of things. They think I've covered for someone, that I've talked to her since she's been missing. They think I knew about a boyfriend she had and that I called someone to pick her up from the bus stop."

Jamie also says that the police won't tell her what questions she failed. It would make a difference whether her inconsistency came over the issue of Tabitha's boyfriend or whether it came over the question of whether she herself had anything to do with her sister's disappearance.

"They told me you don't fail questions. You fail the test," Jamie says.

The police department's attention on Jamie has further alienated the Tuders family, who think that detectives have been slow to track more plausible leads. Since Tabitha's disappearance, dark secrets of her East Nashville neighborhood have emerged, revealing a cast of shady characters who could have done harm to a young girl. A few houses down from Tuders lived a man named Timothy Oldham, who was arrested after his own son allegedly caught him raping a minor. Oldham's wife, Kim, was charged with playing a role in the crime, allegedly pressuring the young girl to remove her clothing. The police have reportedly talked to the couple, although by many accounts, they never looked at them seriously.

Millard Earl Smith is a 53-year-old convicted rapist who landed in jail two months after Tabitha's disappearance for yet another sexual assault—raping and kidnapping a 17-year-old girl. In May 2003, he allegedly lured a young boy onto his motorcycle and took him to an abandoned trailer off Fesslers Lane before the boy escaped. The boy lived just two blocks from Tabitha's bus stop. And according to one source, Smith tried to entice girls onto his motorcycle at Shelby Park, less than a mile from Tabitha's East Nashville home. Yet, months after Smith's arrest, police detectives still hadn't gotten around to showing his mug shot to the Tuders to see if the shady sex offender looked familiar.

The list of criminal elements in her neighborhood goes on and on.

Since Tabitha disappeared, Bo and Debra Tuders have cooperated with police, taken lie detector tests and put aside their own doubts about how their daughter's case was being handled. But to them, the attention on Jamie comes at the expense of solving what happened to Tabitha. Already, they are frustrated that many of the detectives they had come to trust, particularly E.J. Bernard, have resigned. They're also baffled by the department's lack of communication. The police can't seem to give them so much as a weekly briefing call and, recently, when Bo phoned the department to ask about a dead body discovered in Goodlettsville, it took police nearly a week to call back. As it turns out, the body belonged to a man from Springfield.

The Tuders also have lost faith in Chief Ronal Serpas, who said within weeks of taking the job in Nashville that Tabitha's case would be his department's "first priority." They say they haven't heard anything from the chief since April 2004, when he gave a moving speech at a memorial marking the anniversary of her disappearance.

"The chief hasn't kept his word," Bo says. "He said he was going to make Tabitha's case a high priority, but we're still at the same place that we were back then."

The Tuders are quick to acknowledge the hard work of detectives, especially Faye Okert, who has bravely battled cancer throughout the investigation. But the police department's focus on their oldest daughter has deepened the family's grief and turned them against the very people they need to solve the case.

"We're cooperating with them, but they're not cooperating with us," Bo says. "They want to be our friends, but then they stab us in the back."

Meanwhile, Jamie endures her own nightmare as she confronts both the loss of her sister and the continued scrutiny of the police. "I just want everyone to know that we loved my sister dearly. No one would ever do anything to her," she says. "I'd give anything to have her back. I'd give my arms, my legs, anything."

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Thinking of Tabitha Tuders today on this anniversary of her disappearance. Hoping that answers come soon for her whereabouts. I know that she is loved and missed by many.

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Family Holds Vigil On Second Anniversary Of Daughter’s Disappearance


It has been two years since Tabitha Tuders disappeared while walking to her bus stop in East Nashville.


Friday night, family and friends gathered at Tabitha’s school and lit candles around a T-shaped garden in her memory.

Tabitha's family said the last two years have been difficult, but they still hold out hope that one day, they will be reunited with their daughter.

“Restless nights. Restless days. I don't wish this on no one. If someone's out there and knows where she is or thinks they know, please call somebody so we can get her back home where she belongs,” Tabitha’s father Bo Tuders said.

Police have followed up on several leads, but none of them have panned out.

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« Reply #12 on: Apr 30th, 2005, 11:02pm »

By IAN DEMSKY
Staff Writer



On the surface, nothing has changed.

Tabitha Tuders has not come home after disappearing on the way to her bus stop in east Nashville two years ago yesterday. Nobody knows what happened to her.


Or, assuming the ''worst-case scenario,'' as investigators now do, at least one person knows the story. And that person isn't talking.

''It's like it was from day one,'' her mother, Debra Tuders, said this week. ''No one can seem to find anything to lead us to her.''

Beneath the surface, 23 binders and folders, which occupy an entire cabinet at Metro police headquarters, show that investigators have not given up, despite having little to publicly show for their efforts.

Without physical evidence or solid leads from witnesses, searching for Tabitha has been a monumental task. If someone in a car abducted the 13-year-old on the morning of April 29, by the time police began searching for her after school let out, she could have been anywhere in Tennessee or in one of 13 other states.

Youngsters just don't go missing and stay missing in Nashville very often, police say. Department figures show that last year 145 youths were reported missing and 56 were reported kidnapped or taken as part of a custodial dispute. All those cases have been solved.

Of the almost 1,600 runaways reported last year, 28 cases remain open, police said.

The police department, then led by interim chief Deborah Faulkner, was highly criticized in 2003 for initially treating Tabitha more like a runaway case than a victim of foul play. Some have speculated that her handling of the case damaged her candidacy for the chief's job, now held by Ronal Serpas.

Since the day Tabitha vanished, the highly publicized case has been beset with rumors, speculation and theory. Family members were given polygraph tests. Police searched surrounding neighborhoods with cadaver dogs. Detectives hunted down and questioned area sex offenders. America's Most Wanted aired a segment on the case. NASA lent its high-tech video technology to analyze surveillance images from a local hotel security camera thought to show the teen. Sometimes armed with only a nickname to go on, investigators followed lead after lead after lead.

At several points, officers thought they had sure things, only to have them suddenly turn into dead ends, police said.

One thick folder is dedicated solely to the Tabitha lookalikes police have tracked down and made sure were not the missing girl.

Printed out, the investigators' log summarizing each day's developments in the case — who they talked to, tips that came in, Tabitha sightings from across the country, psychics offering visions, houses that had been searched — comes to more than 250 pages and is being updated almost daily.

Recently, the department's most experienced homicide investigators have begun going back through the case, looking for unturned stones. Earlier this year, the Metro Police Department's homicide unit was tasked with investigating ''cold cases'' as detectives in the six precincts tackled more killings.

''We're bringing a different set of eyes to the case,'' homicide detective Pat Postiglione said.

Cold-case detectives would like to see Tabitha walk through the door at 1312 Lillian St., safe and sound, but work the investigation under a ''worst-case scenario.''

''Two years without a word — that's not a good sign,'' Postiglione said.

Faye Okert, a detective from the Police Department's Youth Services Division who has been involved with the case from early on, will continue her work on the case.

In a recent interview, she had little to say about the avenues that police explored and developments in the case over past year.

''Some things are less likely than a year ago,'' she said, but would not elaborate.

Still, investigators agree that every day the likelihood of Tabitha returning home alive diminishes. Even so, they want to bring her home, and bring closure to the family — and the city — no matter what the circumstance.

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« Reply #13 on: May 5th, 2005, 07:10am »

2nd annual Race for Tabitha to benefit the Laura Recovery Center



GREENBRIER, Tenn. -- Tabitha Tuders is the 13 year old girl that has been missing since April 29, 2003. She and her family were great fans of the Rim! Since her disappearance, family and friends have returned to the Rim with "Team Tabitha", a unique way of keeping Tabitha's name and picture fresh in the minds of everyone. The team has fielded cars in the Rim Runner Class for the past two years. This season, the team has grown fielding a car in the Pure Stocks too! Look for the team cars driven by Tabitha's Brother, Kevin in the #15, her Dad Bo in the 15x, and family friends Roger Birdsong, Jr. in the 32, Roger Birdsong, Sr. in the #32x, & Tim Crague in the #29 all running in the special 35 lap Rim Runner Race. And watch Tabitha's Sister, Jamie driving the #34 in the Pure Stock race!

The Laura Recovery Center has been instrumental in searches for Tabitha and keeping her name and picture in the minds of all. The Center formed in 1997 shortly after 12 year old Laura Kate Smither, was abducted near her home in Friendswood, Texas, aims to work cooperatively with law enforcement and community groups, as a private citizen response team, focusing on the search of missing children, and freeing law enforcement to do their investigation. The Laura Recovery Center Foundation was formed to honor the personal and professional sacrifices made on behalf of Laura, and works to address the immediate response necessary in the event of child abduction. For more information about the Laura Recovery Center log onto www.lrcfoundation.org

Representatives from the Laura Recovery Center Foundation will be on hand offering valuable information to help keep our children safe! Donations can be made on site. Drivers will be taking up donations during intermission.

Come out for the valuable information - Come out for the great racing action... Most importantly, Come out to keep your children Safe at Highland Rim Speedway - Your Family Action Track!

Over 200 laps of high banked, fender rubbing racing action - Rim Style!! Nine Awesome Divisions Running featured by a 35 lap Rim Runner Race! Pit Gates Open at 1:30 pm - Grandstands Open at 3:30 pm - Qualifying at 4:30 pm - First race at 6:30 pm Adult Admission - $10, Seniors $8, Youth 6-12 years old $5, Children 5 and under are FREE!!! Highland Rim Speedway is a high banked 1/4 mile asphalt track 20 minutes north of downtown Nashville off I-65. www.highlandrim.com

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Happy Birthday to Tabitha. Hoping she can be found soon. She's still missing but NOT forgotten.

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