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PostPosted: Wed Oct 26, 2005 11:45 pm    Post subject: 30 year old Georgia teacher Tara Grinstead missing Reply with quote

We haven't found Sue Ann Ray yet north of Atlanta, and now Tara Grinstead is missing south of Atlanta. Whereas Sue Ann was last seen heading to her ex-husbands, Tara did not have an ex or a current relationship.

Her sister told Greta that Tara's cellphone was at home from coming home after the pageant with no calls on it. She had changed clothes, no suspected reason for her to have left willingly.

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Schoolteacher missing

Author: J.D. Sumner
Publication Date: 2005-10-26

OCILLA — A former Miss Tifton who now teaches at Irwin High School is missing, police and school officials said Tuesday.

Tara Faye Grinstead, 30, of Ocilla was last seen around 11 p.m. Saturday after the Miss Sweet Potato pageant. Grinstead, Miss Tifton 1999, helped with hair and makeup for the pageant.

“We’re canvassing the county looking for her,” Irwin County Sheriff’s Chief Deputy Billy Hancock said. “The only things missing from her house are her purse and keys, but her car is sitting out front.”

Because of the ongoing investigation, Hancock wouldn’t go into much detail, saying only that there were a few things that caught the investigators’ attention and that the GBI is assisting in the investigation.

Police were notified after Grinstead failed to show up for work Monday at the Irwin County High School. Friends say Grinstead, a ninth-grade history teacher and administrator, would never duck out of school without telling someone.

“She is just an exemplary teacher,” Suzanne Connor, wife of Principal Robby Connor and a close personal friend, said. “She lives for her students. I hope this community will rally behind her and help us to find her.”

Connor said that counselors had spoken with her students and were available to help.

Monday night Connor and other teachers distributed 2,000 flyers throughout the county in an effort to alert the community about their missing friend.

“Teachers for Tara” were also planning a prayer vigil for Grinstead Tuesday night at the Irwin County Courthouse.

Grinstead is described as a white female with brown hair and brown eyes. She stands about 5’3’’ tall and weighs about 125 pounds. Anyone with any information about her whereabouts is urged to call the Ocilla Police Department at 468-7494 or call their tip line at 468-TIPS (8477).

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PostPosted: Tue Nov 01, 2005 1:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Some additional info from Tara's sister tonight on Nancy Grace. The bedroom alarm clock was on the floor by the bed and the time "off by six hours", according to the sister. Also I believe she said a lamp was broken.

The car was unlocked but Tara and her purse and keys were gone. It looks like a kidnapping, and if course Tara is gone. Kidnapped right out of her bedroom.

Until we start monitoring felons on probation and building as many cheap jail cells out in the desert that we need to lock up everybody breaking probation we will continue to lose good and decent women even in their own homes. There are only a few predators against the many, but we are like sheep being taken by wolves.

One dies and the rest live. Until the next time.

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PostPosted: Tue Nov 01, 2005 11:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ah was just gonna post some links you sly guy..Gonna do it anyway...



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Until we start monitoring felons on probation and building as many cheap jail cells out in the desert that we need to lock up everybody breaking probation we will continue to lose good and decent women even in their own homes. There are only a few predators against the many, but we are like sheep being taken by wolves.


And where is the PURSE??--the Keys..

What do we feel, well I feel a snake in the grass, I feel some boyfriend, x- or so is out there again..

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PostPosted: Tue Nov 01, 2005 11:33 am    Post subject: Link OCT 28 some more information Reply with quote

Older Link but information:

http://www.macon.com/mld/telegraph/13016852.htm

Posted on Fri, Oct. 28, 2005


Police tracking down leads in missing-woman case

By Tim Sturrock

TELEGRAPH STAFF WRITER


The whereabouts of an Irwin County high school teacher remained a mystery Thursday, but investigators said they are still pursuing leads.

Tara Grinstead, a 30-year-old Hawkinsville native, hasn't been seen since Saturday. Ocilla police were notified that she was missing after she didn't show up for work Monday at Irwin County High School.

Ocilla Police Chief Billy Hancock said Grinstead had attended a beauty pageant in Fitzgerald on Saturday before heading to a former Irwin County school superintendant's house. Grinstead was last seen at 11 p.m., Hancock said.

Maria Hulett, a friend of Grinstead's, said Grinstead watched a football game and had dinner with the former superintendant, his wife and family, and other friends that night.

Investigators are trying to piece together details of what happened after she left the gathering.

What they do know is the clothes she wore Saturday night were found in her house, along with her cell phone. Her car was parked outside, but her pocketbook and keys were missing, Hancock said.

Grinstead, a former Miss Tifton and a contestant in the Miss Georgia pageant, lived alone and has never been married, family members said.

Hancock said investigators have received numerous tips about the Grinstead case.

"We do get people calling in with leads and we do check them out, and that happens pretty regularly," he said. "But nothing has panned out at this point."

Hancock said investigators are considering all possibilities, but the investigation is still considered a missing-person's case.

"We're not ruling out the possibility that she was abducted," he said. "We're not ruling out the possibility that she drove off with someone and something happened between the two of them."

Gary Rothwell, special agent in charge of the GBI office in Perry, said leads haven't been exhausted.

"Our investigators and local investigators have plenty to do" in this case, he said. "You always presume the worst and hope for the best and take in all possibilities for consideration."

Anita Gattis said she has been encouraged by communitywide searches for her sister and the media attention the case has received.

"I've been encouraged every day," she said.

Gattis said she has already been on the Fox News Channel and is scheduled to appear this morning on "The Early Show" on CBS.

Gattis said that nine months ago Grinstead ended a six-year relationship with a man and recently has been working on a doctorate in education.

Gattis said she has concluded her sister was abducted. Because there appears to have been no struggle at Grinstead's house, Gattis said she thinks her sister left with someone she knows.

"If someone came to her house, one of students, maybe in trouble, or one of her teachers needing help, she would have left," Gattis said.

After Grinstead left her house, Gattis speculated, someone likely abducted her.

"She's not the type of person to vanish for a few days," Gattis said.

Anyone with information about Grinstead's disappearance should call the Ocilla Police Department at (229) 468-7494.


Tim Sturrock can be reached at 744-4347 or tsturrock@macontel.com

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PostPosted: Tue Nov 01, 2005 11:38 am    Post subject: Tara's Website Reply with quote

http://www.findtara.com/index.htm


An Overview:

Who is Tara Grinstead?

She is a sister, a daughter, a teacher, a friend, a confidante, a coworker, a neighbor.

Tara teaches 11th grade History at Irwin County High School in Ocilla, GA. She is loved, respected and sorely missed by the students, her coworkers and the entire Irwin County community.

She dedicates her time to the children in the community both inside and outside of the classroom. Her absence has left a hole in the fabric of the community that will not mend without her return. Can you help us?

What Happened to Tara?

Tara disappeared from her home and has not been heard from since Saturday, October 22. On October 24, 2005 at 8:50am a report was made to the Ocilla Police Department by neighbors and coworkers who were concerned about her well being. Tara did not show up for work and they were unable to reach her. The last known contact with Tara was on Saturday October 22, 2005 at approx. 11:00 pm. There is no known description of the clothing she was wearing when she disappeared. Her house was locked and her car is parked at her home. The only items known to be missing are her purse and keys.

The photo at left shows Tara in the attire she was last seen in, however, she was NOT wearing these clothes when she disappeared. We provide this image in an effort to offer a connection. Did you see Tara interacting with someone suspicous that evening or witness something you found to be unusual? She attended a pageant at the Grand Theatre in Fitzgerald, GA that evening, visited with friends for dinner afterwards and then went home.

If you have any information that you believe may be connected to Tara's disappearance, PLEASE contact:
GBI Agent Dominic Turner or Det. Bill Barrs at (229) 468-7494 or (229) 468-TIPS.
Private Tip Line - anonymous call welcome - 912-386-2564

!! YOU MAY REMAIN ANONYMOUS


-----If you are able to volunteer to help the search for Tara, please report to the command post between 9am and 4pm each day. We appreciate the support of both friends and strangers who have joined together to help.


*****Please see site for contact information!

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PostPosted: Tue Nov 01, 2005 12:00 pm    Post subject: America's Most Wanted File Reply with quote

_____>Hey Rd, don't ask me why this link is so long, It Works!

File Contains all Information:

http://search.foxnews.com/_1_UNDUT203EJPM5U__info.foxnws/clickit/
search?r_aid=CD277F5BBF2243BCA128DEFC3A8BEA20&r_sacop=7&r
_scoid=239170&r_spf=0&r_cop=Title&r_snpp=3&r_spp=4&qqn=D%3B!
Qvi%2B2&r_coid=239137&rawto=http://www.amw.com/missing_persons/
brief.cfm?id=35468


AMW MISSING DATA FILE FOR Tara Grinstead

Physical Description :


Sex Female

Race White

Age at Disappearance 30

Age Now 30

Height 5'3''

Weight 125 lbs.

Hair (Color, Description, Facial Hair) Brown


Eyes (Color and Correction) Brown




LOCATION


Last Seen Ocilla, GA

Other Possible Locations Georgia

Last Known Locations Georgia

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PostPosted: Tue Nov 01, 2005 12:04 pm    Post subject: From the Big Story Reply with quote

snip…..
During her interview on the Big Story, hosted by Jamie Colby, Anita Gattis mentioned something I’d not heard before — Tara Grinstead also had a restraining order against the young man who had once been arrested for disorderly conduct, apparently because he was attempting to gain entry to her house. Anita stated that Tara was “afraid” of him.

The person whose name I was given is 20 years old now, not 19, and lives in Wray, GA, between Ocilla and Douglas. He has an alibi for the night Tara disappeared… however that alibi is provided, I was told, by a very close relative. Additionally, it appears that there may have been some difficulty finding the young man in the week following Tara’s disappearance — he was at one point said to be in Milledgeville 40 miles or so northeast of Macon, apparently having a job that occasionally takes him out of town.

Still, police and GBI will not even name him a suspect at the moment — which is why I’m certainly not giving out his name...

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PostPosted: Thu Nov 03, 2005 12:00 pm    Post subject: Update on Tara Reply with quote

A recent update on Tara Grinstead.

Let us hope this case will be solved soon!

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http://www.macon.com/mld/macon/13066460.htm



Thu, Nov. 03, 2005

Still no suspects in missing woman case

By Tim Sturrock

TELEGRAPH STAFF WRITER


OCILLA - After ten days of investigation, Ocilla Police Chief Billy Hancock said authorities have no suspects in the disappearance of Irwin County High School teacher Tara Grinstead.

"I don't feel like we're making any headway to calling someone a suspect and ruling everybody else out," he said.

"Certainly, anyone that had any acquaintances with her is someone that they're trying to question and get information from."

He said everyone has cooperated in the investigation.

Hancock said authorities are still considering any possibility and getting leads in the case, but no solid leads.

"We're still getting people saying, 'Have you checked down at this barn? Have you checked down at this two-lane path? We've seen buzzards circling, go check that,' " he said.

Grinstead was last seen Oct. 22 at 11 p.m. She was reported missing two days later when she didn't show up for her job as an 11th-grade history teacher.

Her keys and pocketbook were not at her house, but her cell phone and car were, Hancock said.

There was no clear sign of a struggle, Hancock said.

But he said investigators still don't know what happened to Grinstead any more than they did more than a week ago.

He said progress has been made in searching areas of the county. But he said searches have not turned up any trace of Grinstead. He said it will be more than a week before a search of the county will be over.

Searches have been conducted every day in various ways including on foot, by horse, with helicopters and with all-terrain vehicles; Wednesday, cadaver dogs were used, Hancock said.

"That's not because of any indication that we're looking for a body. We're looking for any possibility," he said.

Irwin County Sheriff Donnie Youghn said once the land search of the county is complete, searches will be based on leads and tips.

Hancock said the community is not losing hope.

"I think they're physically getting tired. Emotionally, I think their hopes are just as high as they were in the beginning," he said.

"Certainly, the enthusiasm of the community has been on and on and on."

Grinstead's sister Anita Gattis said she believes Grinstead was abducted but will come home.

"I have no doubt that Tara is alive. We just have to get her home," she said. "I know what she's made of and she's a survivor."

Her father has hired what she called a "private recovery agent," who she said is trying to find Grinstead.

She said the agent isn't as concerned with trespassing and civil rights as police or GBI, and so far has found new information, but she wouldn't say what that is.

So far, at least $25,000 has been raised for information leading to Grinstead's whereabouts, she said.

Gattis said anyone with information can leave an anonymous tip if they call (912) 386-2564.


Tim Sturrock can be reached at 744-4347 or tsturrock@macontel.com

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PostPosted: Thu Nov 03, 2005 1:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes, I heard that interview too, Goz, and the latest incident was only four months ago. I'm sure this will be the same as with all these women being terrorized and then they disappear.

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PostPosted: Tue Nov 08, 2005 12:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Greta is in Ocilla, Ga tonight interviewing everyone about Tara's disappearance. The ex-boyfriend said several things which are right out of Condit's and Peterson's playbooks. Said Tara told him on Friday morning if he didn't come back to her she would commit suicide. As I understand it he said this took place at 9am and Tara would have had to be not at her job teaching to do this.

Something is very wrong here based on what he says. If she was not at her job on Friday then one would think that would have been mentioned when they said she didn't come to work on Monday. If she was at the school Friday morning then that's also hard to believe he is saying that he told police this.

Also arranged to take his own lie detector test ala Condit. His lawyer said the police were too busy to give it and they didn't want the ex-boyfriend to look guilty. Holy cow.

Tara was at a dinner party with friends in the neighborhood from about 8 to 11 pm that evening. No one saw her upset or acting any differently than usual. Reminds me of Condit convincing police that Chandra was liable to be suicidal in the initial version of what he told police.

No one but the ex-boyfriend claims to know about Tara's emotionally suicidal attempts to win back his love. Yeah, right.

On the other hand, he was with a lot of law enforcement friends running around before and after her disappearance. As I understand it, he was with a cop most of the night after leaving a bar where friends were playing in a band and went home about 5:30 am. If he did it it would have to be then, and he stopped by her house first instead.

He says she broke up with him last year because she wanted to get married and he didn't after five years of dating, and he refused her attempts to resume dating this year, culminating in what could only be described as stalking him the day before she disappeared, knocking on his window Friday morning to threaten to commit suicide, and then coming back in the afternoon again. It sounds to me like he is picking times when she would be going to school and leaving school for the day and saying she was coming over to his house but for some reason he didn't let her in the house.

Sounds about as good as anything Condit and Peterson came up with.

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PostPosted: Tue Nov 08, 2005 9:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Rd: His story sounds very convoluted if I must say so...What the heck. Too many twists and turns! A lot of this and that. Stories such as these don't read to clear when told, and when you lay it out like that, well.....I just can't even respond. I tried to find Greta's write up, but it is not available yet.

I do not like the fact he is friends with LE. Makes it too convenient. And if she was stalking him, People would have known! **And the word "Stalking" in his mind could mean, "Ah maybe she wanted to date him again!" Ego sounding to me. And if she wanted to date him again, her friends would know too, as well as her family, if they were close.

I do not buy into this. The emotional problems-No way. People know about these too. It sounds so fake I could throw up. Sorry I'm putting it so simplistic but that is how it reads to me Rd. No need for me to expand it further.

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No one but the ex-boyfriend claims to know about Tara's emotionally suicidal attempts to win back his love. Yeah, right.

On the other hand, he was with a lot of law enforcement friends running around before and after her disappearance. As I understand it, he was with a cop most of the night after leaving a bar where friends were playing in a band and went home about 5:30 am. If he did it would have to be then, and he stopped by her house first instead.


Of course, as the quote above stated-- Nobody knew any of this. I think he appears rather guilty- I mean he had the time to do this crime, and his story just sounds too stupid to me.

Also, I love the lie detector line.
I am posting in a link next from Steve Huff from Crime Library. Maybe it ties in to some of this (till Greta is available) and sheds more light on both of them.

Also, if I see Greta's transcript I will post while I have time this week.

Good day.

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PostPosted: Tue Nov 08, 2005 10:05 am    Post subject: Crime Lib. Story- S. Huff Reply with quote

Well I'm not sure how this ties in but it proves interesting. Also, his writing usually tends to be pretty accurate regarding cases.


http://www.crimelibrary.com/news/original/1105/0701_tara_missing_2_weeks.html


Private Agent brings new leads to Tara Grinstead Probe



By Steve Huff

Ocilla, GA (Crime Library) -

Autumn comes slowly to Georgia. By the end of October, nights are cooling, but many trees still hold greedily onto their green. Sometime around Halloween, though, the first frost might fall. Soon thereafter, as November moves in and the daylight hours dwindle, leaves start to change. The further south you move, the less likely you are to see stark gold and crimson slashes in the trees because South Georgia is home to a great many pines, green year round.

The people searching in and around Ocilla, GA, for 30-year-old Tara Grinstead, a former beauty queen and well-liked high school teacher at Irwin County High School, had no time to notice the change of seasons. Saturday, November 5 ended with no sign of her, and set a grim milestone — the former Miss Tifton, GA, 1999, had been missing for two weeks.

News of the pretty history teacher's disappearance spread slowly at first. The Sunday after she vanished, October 23, her mother grew worried, and even called Tara's neighbors and asked them to check on her. Still — everyone has an off-day, even Tara Grinstead. In the months since she'd broken up with long-time boyfriend Marcus T. Harper, a former Ocilla, GA, police officer and Iraq veteran, Tara had experienced more ups and downs than those close to her had ever seen. After all, she'd been with Harper for 6 years.

After Harper's turn in the military, though, many around him seemed to feel something about him changed. Whatever the change was, it appeared to be the end of his relationship with Grinstead.

Tara Grinstead was devastated by the breakup. More than once she had an uncharacteristic emotional breakdown. Perry, GA, police captain Heath Dykes, a childhood friend, came to visit her at Irwin County, High.

By the close of Saturday, November 5, Tara's past problems with some of the men in her life were public knowledge in a way the very private Grinstead would never have wanted.

Much had been made in news reports on various cable networks of Anthony Vickers, the 20-year-old former student of Grinstead's who had allegedly developed a crush on her. At one point, Vickers had been arrested for pounding on the door to Grinstead's residence. Searches were done on property owned by the Vickers family in Wray, GA, on November 4, to no avail.

In a move perhaps considered curious by some, the Grinstead family also hired a private "agent" to assist in the search, who could be reached by a private, anonymous tip line. According to Tara's sister, Anita Gattis, the hired investigator had by November 4 discovered some interesting new clues about what may have happened to Tara Grinstead the night of October 22. Speaking with Albany, GA, NBC affiliate, WALB, Gattis said, "Her vehicle was unlocked. That's very uncharacteristic of Tara. She always locks it, always, always, always. There's some question about the position of the seats. She was short, 5'3". That's a big red flag..."

Some wondered about an unnamed juvenile who had once been in Grinstead's homeroom at Irwin County High. After the history teacher received a series of very threatening phone calls, a trace on her phone determined he was the source. It is unclear what measures were taken, but he was moved from her class.

Friday, November 4 probably saw one of the more dramatic developments to date in the ongoing search for Tara Grinstead — in an interview with CBS anchor for "The Early Show," Hannah Storm, Anita Gattis revealed that though Grinstead had sought to re-unite with former love Marcus Harper, they had fought prior to Tara's disappearance:

"They had had a very bad argument, I just found out, several days before she went missing, concerning an 18-year-old that he was dating. My sister did not think that (the 18-year-old's) parents would approve of a 30-year-old dating an 18-year-old. I'm told that she threatened to tell the parents, and they had a very heated argument over this."

Gattis also mentioned that Harper had hired a lawyer. When Marilyn Bardsley of Court TV's Crime Library tried to speak with Harper earlier in the week, his father said that he would not comment on the advice of a lawyer, and Harper's father declined to speak as well.

The mystery continued to unfold. The night of November 5, Atlanta NBC affiliate WXIA reported that the search in Irwin County would continue for at least 7 more days.

Though there were these curious developments in the second week of the search for Tara Grinstead, there were still no known sightings of the former Miss Tifton, nor any concrete evidence as to her fate. Only a hint came from a source close to the investigation as the third week began — a hint that the answer to the question of what happened to Tara Grinstead could be close:

Some things were found today that would lead you to believe that Tara could be found soon. I wish I could elaborate but I can't...

The same source expressed a concern that had troubled very few in the area before... that none of the men questioned by authorities about their relationship to Tara might be involved. That she might have fallen prey to a stranger, or someone with whom she had only a tangential acquaintance.

Perhaps in a small city like Ocilla, that fear embodied an idea of the worst sort of fate for a missing person — that they fell into the hands of a random stranger.

Woman's T-Shirt Reportedly Sent for Testing

Tara Grinstead on Emotional Roller Coaster

Tara Grinstead Publicity Mixed Blessing

Tara Grinstead's State of Mind

Beauty Queen & Teacher Tara Grinstead Goes Missing

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PostPosted: Tue Nov 08, 2005 9:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It might be tunnel vision, I don't know, but I see so many tragic parallels when women disappear that I can't help but compare them. Chandra's mother asked her about her friend and mentor and suspected boyfriend, Congressman Condit, having an affair with an 18 year old girl a few years prior, an affair that the father said ended so badly he cried telling Chandra's mother about it.

The calls from Chandra to her boyfriend stopped then, and two weeks later she disappeared. Threatening to tell about an affair with an 18 year old seems to have ended Tara's life as well.

Nancy Grace is covering this story now. The police found a latex glove, the kind used by professionals for medical work, on day one in Tara's front yard. The news just released today. The ex-boyfriend was a former police officer and you can be sure has access to these gloves in various facilities in the county.

Also, a long t-shirt of the kind commonly worn by Tara to sleep in was found out in the woods somewhere in the county. I saw pictures of searchers in rowboats in a swampy pond. They will probably find her body in such a swamp in the area of that shirt. The shirt was logoed with something about the local county woman's softball league.

Nancy is asking about the crime scene and trying to make sense of it. The necklace Tara was wearing to help in the beauty pageant was lying on the bedroom floor, along with the alarm clock. The lamp was broken, and next to it the cell phone was still in its charger. The family says they cannot find the earrings Tara was wearing that night. Her purse and keys are also gone.

Nancy speculates Tara was undressing and something went terribly wrong and Tara got her purse for some reason. I don't know if Nancy does this deliberately or not, but that is not even close to what happened.

There was no indication of a breakin. Clearly Tara knew the man who broke that lamp and scattered her alarm clock on the floor and she let him in, or at least opened the door to speak to him. But she knew him.

The bedroom is a scene of being attacked, an attempt at a sexual assault because she wasn't willing. That is what went wrong. She had probably been in bed all night because it was probably 5:30 in the morning.

The purse was taken with her for the keys and to make it look like she ran away. As the story above says, the family has questions about the position of the car seat. She was driven in her own car and dumped in a swamp, then he drove her car back and parked it in the carport and left in his own car.

It was very early morning, If a neighbor knows this not to be the case, they haven't said so. I doubt that we will hear anyone rule this out. It is very clear what happened.

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PostPosted: Wed Nov 09, 2005 1:13 pm    Post subject: comment and a link on search stopping! Reply with quote

Rd: I certainly can understand your blinders when it comes to cases espically when they so closely relate to Chandra's. I see the comparison on what you noted.

I too caught most of Nancy Grace's show last night. The GLOVE is what stuck in my mind too. If my facts are correct, LE had this since the beginning of the investigation, ( I take it they are looking at it, and testing it). That is quite a strange find, wouldn't you say but I guess they didn't want the public to know this information. I did not know for sure he was a former PO, the boyfriend, or so he claims! He stated- he broke up with her, but it was the other way around according to the sister! Hum.

I wonder if this GUY was a wanna be PO and could not cut it, but either way.....Don't like it.

Also, it seemed to be a rather large area to check out. Lots of swamp area in that part of GA.

The clothing found too. This case is not going to turn out well. It is rather sad.

And I just found this..

I think it is rather sad, and hope it means they have answers or maybe you have may make a suggestions as to whay this may have happened!

http://www.macon.com/mld/macon/13117648.htm


Posted on Wed, Nov. 09, 2005




Ocilla police call off search for missing teacher

By Tim Sturrock

TELEGRAPH STAFF WRITER


More than two weeks after the search began for missing Irwin County teacher Tara Grinstead, volunteers and public safety officials have completed their search of the county, Ocilla Police Chief Billy Hancock said.

"Essentially, we are through unless we get any additional leads that would call us back," he said.

Investigators are still trying to determine what happened to the Hawkinsville native and Irwin County High School teacher, who was last seen Oct. 22.

Cadaver dogs, horses, helicopters, four-wheelers and people on foot have searched every day since she was reported missing, Hancock said. More than 50 public safety agencies from across the state have assisted in the search of Irwin County, which spans 358 square miles, he said.

Hancock said some clothes have been found, but there's no indication they belong to Grinstead.

"I don't know whether to be excited that they didn't find anything or disappointed," he said. "It could be viewed both ways."

Hancock said that a latex glove, found outside of Grinstead's home shortly after she was reported missing, is being processed for fingerprints and DNA. He said it's not yet known if the glove is related to her disappearance.

Hancock said little has changed in the investigation and that there are no suspects in the disappearance of Grinstead, a former Miss Tifton and a past contestant in the Miss Georgia pageant.

Investigators have said they are looking into every possibility, though Irwin County Sheriff Donnie Youghn has said he is losing hope that Grinstead is safe.

Grinstead was last seen or heard from about 11 p.m. Oct. 22 at a former Irwin County schools superintendent's house, where she and some friends cooked out and watched a football game with the former superintendent and his family. Two days later, she was reported missing when she didn't show up for work at the high school.

The clothes she wore Oct. 22 and her cell phone were found at her home. Her unlocked car was outside, but her pocketbook and keys were gone, police said.

Grinstead is single and lived with her dog and cat. There was no clear sign of a struggle at her home, police said. A broken lamp was found inside her bedroom, and her alarm clock was found under her bed.

Grinstead's sister, Anita Gattis, said civilian searchers will continue looking for her.

Grinstead's stepmother, Connie Grinstead, said her family plans to meet with investigators to talk about future searches.

"We still don't know where Tara is, so I think we have to keep looking," she said. "We can't just give up."

Connie Grinstead said every day that she doesn't see her stepdaughter becomes a little more difficult and she worries a little more.

"Everybody still seems dedicated in the search to find Tara," she said. "Nobody seems ready to give up. As her family, we will never give up until we find her."


To contact Tim Sturrock, e-mail tsturrock@macontel.com

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PostPosted: Wed Nov 09, 2005 8:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for that update, Goz. Basically, they competely searched the county as far as them having a checklist and checking off areas searched. So I guess that's it without going back over the county again.

Could she have been placed farther away, in another county? Sure. For that matter, searching swampy ponds would be hit or miss in any event. I think all they can do is a visual walkthrough looking for indications of a body. I'm, sure they searched more thoroughly than the DC police did in Rock Creek Park, far better.

Who was that ex-boyfriend running around with when the call went about about Tara? A Department of Natural Resources guy if I heard right. You can bet he knows his way around the swamps there.

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