A Huge Break In The Case Of A Teacher Missing For 12 Years

On the 23rd of October 2005, Tara Grinstead, a 30-year-old history teacher (and beauty queen) was reported missing in Ocilla, Georgia. For 12 long years, investigators were unable to piece together enough evidence or a credible set of events that could assist the investigating team in locating Tara Grinstead.

At every turn, investigators hit wall after wall until now. On 23 February 2017, 12 years after the reported disappearance of Tara Grinstead, investigators acquired a tip that subsequently resulted in the arrest of Ryan Alexander Duke who has been charged with murder. Check out slide 9 and 10 for the shocking and grueling revelation of this heartbreaking case.

The Beginning Of A 12 Year Long Investigation
The night before her disappearance, Tara attended a local beauty pageant in support of the young members whom she coached followed by a barbecue with friends which she departed from at approximately 10:30 pm. This was the very last time anyone saw the beautiful Tara Grinstead alive. The following morning, after fellow colleagues at Irwin County High School noticed her absence, an attempt was made to contact and locate Tara.
Unfortunately, No One Could Confirm The Location Of Miss Grinstead

That moment in time marked the beginning of a 12-year long investigation into the abduction and presumed murder of a beloved member, teacher, coach and beauty pageant participant in the Ocilla community. Concerned for their missing colleague, they proceeded to call and inform local police of the situation at hand. You’d be surprised by the details of the crime scene shared in the next slide.

Her Home Was Like A Ghost Town

Police arrived at Tara’s property and entered the premises. Upon inspection, they located her vehicle parked outside the house which was unlocked. Inside her home, police were able to find her cell phone but there was no sign of hey keys or purse. Something was clearly wrong at this scene. Scattered details pointed to signs of a scuffle inside the home, $100 was found in her vehicle and the driver’s seat was adjusted for a physically taller driver.

The Georgia Bureau Of Investigation And Possible Suspects

Aware of the enormity of this case, the local police deemed it necessary to involve the Georgia Bureau of Investigation who were better equipped to deal with missing person cases. Investigators learned of Tara’s recent breakup prior to her disappearance but little to no evidence pointed to the ex-boyfriend. A married policeman who was apparently involved with Tara was said to have visited her on the night of her disappearance. He had an alibi and maintained his innocence.

Three Years Later, A Possible Connection Was Established

On a CBS television show 48 Hours Mystery, attention was directed towards the similarity between the Tara Grinstead case and the disappearance of Jeniffer Kesse in Orlando, Florida on the 24th of January 2006. Soon after this televised report, investigators revealed that a latex glove with DNA was located on Miss Grinstead’s property.