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Tara Faye Grinstead

Wrong Tara Faye Grinstead?
 
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Employment History

Education

  • Masters , Education
    Valdosta State University
  • Hawkinsville High School
  • master's degree , history
    Valdosta State University
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320Sycamore.com a Place for ...
www.boards.320sycamore.com, 27 Sept 2008 [cached]
320Sycamore.com a Place for Crime Interested Individuals > THE REPORTED MISSING > Tara Grinstead
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If the glove was planted, I still think someone could have accidentally harmed Tara and obtained the glove afterwards as a "red herring".
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It's beyond me why someone would even post that car color might be a factor in Tara and Jennifer's cases.
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If the glove was planted, I still think someone could have accidentally harmed Tara and obtained the glove afterwards as a "red herring".
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This post is my honest opinion as I continue to help search for Tara.
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If the glove was planted, I still think someone could have accidentally harmed Tara and obtained the glove afterwards as a "red herring".
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The GBI said that they are not ruling out the people that Tara had relationships with ... neither am I.
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The GBI said that they are not ruling out the people that Tara had relationships with ... neither am I.
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The GBI said that they are not ruling out the people that Tara had relationships with ... neither am I.
320Sycamore.com a Place for ...
www.boards.320sycamore.com, 4 July 2008 [cached]
320Sycamore.com a Place for Crime Interested Individuals > THE REPORTED MISSING > Tara Grinstead
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I was glad to see Nancy Grace had some comments about TARA on her show last night, if I am not mistsken. -imo-jmo-moo-etc.-
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It`s about time, the GBI releasing secret evidence in hopes of generating leads in the search for a beauty queen-turned-history- teacher Tara Grinstead, Grinstead vanishing without a trace (INAUDIBLE) Georgia.The clue, a latex glove we told you about when the disappearance occurred discovered on Grinstead`s yard, steps from her front door, authorities revealing DNA of an unknown male on that glove.
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They did not say that ... so it could have been two different persons and some thing from from Tara.
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Say, Tara wanted to be a principle..so with her teaching and doing the best work and trying to present the world she is a leader ... could she have walked into some type of situation the school had going on no-one knew about?
OK you hear about kids being abused..Tara was one who took care of her kids and maybe even was a side care taker of family problems or had them confide with her on things like home life...Could she have talked with a student who was having family problems like being abused and it was someone from the school where she worked who was doing it..but she was waiting for the right time to talk or go to police?You know Tara did a lot of things and she probably heard from all sorts of people...Maybe she was going to talk with one of her cop friends and the person found out and wanted her gone because of it.That person could have been someone in a high position at the school, who did not want his or her name ruined if found out?I know this is going a little off beat...but then again we could be going down the wrong trial the issue talked about now.
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Is there a small possibility that Tara got pregnant in July and chose to have a surgical abortion?
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Is there a small possibility that Tara got pregnant in July and chose to have a surgical abortion?
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I am pretty sure if Tara wanted an abortion she would have done so at a reputable clinic.Surely you don't think it would have taken that long to have harmed her do you?
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At some point, Rothwell made a statement that there was little chance that Tara was still alive.He also said that foul play was suspected.
Quote from the 48 Hours show.There was no match nationally, either.Still, investigators can't eliminate any of the men in Tara's life, since they might have had an accomplice."We always have to consider the possibility of a third party.Either someone was involved in getting a third party to harm Tara or that Tara was harmed by accident and a third party was used to help cover up the crime."
Underworld Magazine Psychic Investigation The Black Dahlia
www.underworldtales.com, 3 Mar 2014 [cached]
Tara Grinstead Missing Underworld Magazine Psychic Investigation The Black Dahlia
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Tara Grinstead?
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Background information: On October 22, 2005 something happened to thirty-year old, Tara Grinstead, and she hasn't been seen since.
The high school teacher and former beauty Queen arrived at her home in Ocilla, Georgia around 11PM on a Saturday night, put her cell phone on the charger, turned her bedroom lamp on, and somehow vanished into thin air. When she didn't show up for class on Monday morning, she was reported missing.
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I immediately got the sense that Tara is the victim of foul play. After I connected, I saw a skeleton lying in a grave, long hair splayed out about her, wearing some kind of colorful dress or shirt--I only saw the upper part of her body. I saw a lot of trees, and I believe she's in a rural area not far from where she lived. There was also a two-story Cape Cod style house with two dormers, which I saw from a strange viewpoint, as if I were lying low beneath it, at a bit of a distance, and at a crooked side angle. My vision of the house was almost as if I were peeking through a camera that was held askew and slowly moving from the ground, to the house, and to the tall trees overhead.
Tara is likely buried in the woods somewhere near this house.
I also saw a man with Tara that night, inside her house. Though most of the impressions I got were too foggy to discern, I saw his face clearly, and up close. He had dark, curly hair that went just below his ears, an inch or two, and a fresh and somewhat pretty face--though he isn't pretty inside. Sometimes age can be difficult to arrive at, but I believe he was in his early to mid 20's--definitely no older than 30. He was clean-shaven, Caucasian, and had even features set within an oval-shaped face.
I saw her standing in her bedroom, doing something before what could have been a chest of drawers, and suddenly this man entered the room. He had sex with her that night, and though I'm not sure how he killed her, I saw him cut her breast and abdomen with a knife.
The vision changed suddenly, and I saw him driving a light colored car--I'm not sure of the make, but it looked sporty. He kept looking over the seat as if someone was in the backseat.
And I saw him with Tara in a wooded area. She was on the ground and he was sitting in front of her and at another time he was above her, his hands on her. I couldn't see what he was doing.
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Tara was loved and is missed very much by the people of Ocilla. She taught 11th and 9th grade History at the Irwin County High School in Ocilla, GA. and is said to be one of those rare and special teachers who go far beyond the call of duty. On Saturday, October 22, 2007, she'd spent the whole day helping students get ready for a festival and the Sweet Potato Pageant. Later that evening, she had a barbecue dinner at the home of some friends and left their house at 11:00 PM and was never seen again.
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The police interviewed numerous people and learned that Tara had suffered a terrible heartbreak in 2004 when her ex-policeman boyfriend broke up with her. She'd hoped they would marry, but he'd gotten a new job and his life moved in another direction.
She also dated a cop from a nearby town and possibly some other men, following the breakup.
Conclusion: I believe that Tara was dealing with some heavy emotional issues, and her heart was broken, but she didn't kill herself. She was too strong for that, and she'd already made it through the worst of the storm. What's more, she would have left a suicide letter behind. And she didn't run away due to heartbreak or pressure. She didn't take money with her, her cell phone was left behind, and no charges have been put on her credit card. So those two possibilities can be ruled out completely.
I do think Tara was raped and murdered by a young man who fits the description I gave in the psychic connection above. I believe the motive was sex-related. In my opinion, based on the images I saw during my psychic connection, and the research material I read at crimelibrary.com and other sources, she got home after 11 PM that night, turned on the bedroom lamp, put her cell-phone in the charger, and got undressed, tossing her clothes on the couch beside the bed. She then moved to a dresser and removed her necklace, but before she could remove her earrings, she was either surprised by an intruder who had waited for her in her home or he found a way in. This is definitely someone who knew her pattern of coming and going. She either knew him or he'd been watching her.
Before I go on, It's important to note that I don't believe the murderer is Tara's ex-boyfriend. I saw photos of him, and he does not fit the description of the man I saw in my vision, and he's older and more rugged.
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How you can help: You can help Tara by praying. Pray for her and her family and for a resolution to this mystery.
Huff’s Crime Blog » The Disappearance of Miss Grinstead
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The Disappearance of Miss GrinsteadHuff's Crime Blog » The Disappearance of Miss Grinstead
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In this article for Court TV's crimelibrary.com, the always-excellent Seamus McGraw added more layers to the mystery of what happened to Tara Faye Grinstead, age 30.
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By all accounts, Grinstead was deeply distressed by the breakup.
In fact, although she dated at least one other man, one friend told Crime Library that she remained deeply in love with Harper.In mid October one friend said, Grinstead had made efforts to reconnect with Harper, and when he resisted, she became so overwrought that she took a long drive and had to pull over and call for assistance to get home.The next day, uncharacteristically, she called in sick to school.A few days later, when a policeman from a neighboring community whom she had dated turned up at school, she left early.That too was unusual for the highly devoted and motivated ninth grade teacher…
What Marilyn's research and Seamus's article provided for me was a new perspective on the case of the missing teacher.While Tara was apparently well-adjusted and gifted in many ways (I couldn't help but note, from my own research, that her talent as a pageant contestant was singing), Tara Grinstead's life was not without its anxieties and stresses.
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Seamus also referenced Anthony Vickers, the 20-year-old former student from Wray, GA who apparently had a crush on Tara Grinstead:
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The student had apparently become smitten with Grinstead, and on at least one occasion, was so aggressive that Grinstead called police when he showed up at her home and began banging on her door.The young man was charged with disorderly conduct.
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Vickers obviously has his defenders, people who are quite sensitive about the suspicion that is, at least privately, being expressed right now in Ocilla about his infatuation with Tara Grinstead and what, if anything, he had to do with her disappearance.
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Tara Grinstead did take her purse with her when she left her house on October 22, 2005.Has her bank account been accessed?If an automatic teller was used, could there be video somewhere of the person using her ATM card, if that was used?What about her credit cards?Did she make a big withdrawal from savings prior to Saturday, October 22?
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But where would Tara have gone late on a Saturday night in a town of about 3,300, without her own car, almost 20 miles from Interstate 75?Someone would have seen her.Suicide?How?
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I received a call around 2:30 from the command center there in Ocilla where the operation that is becoming the Search for Tara Grinstead is based.I spoke with folks about what they were setting up.Today more than 200 people searched on horseback as well as all-terrain-vehicles for the 11th grade teacher and administrator missing from Ocilla, and her job at Irwin County High, since October 22, 2005.
They had no luck today.
Tara Grinstead's students just want her back, I know that.Right now the effort down in Ocilla needs, more than anything, people willing to search during the hours when the students are in school, which is the a.m. till 3 p.m. or so.I learned today that it is likely that many students at Irwin County High would gladly give up a day of school to help search for Ms. Grinstead - not because, as one might assume with the typical high school student, any time off is time worth getting, but because the community is welding itself together, becoming unified in its effort to bring Tara Grinstead home.However, Tara's colleagues know that she would not want students to miss school, to have their schedules unbalanced… so in an effort to keep things as normal as possible, they need volunteers for the times when teachers and students are simply trying to keep the machinery of education running along, as the person for whom they are searching would want.
Apparently, some in the local press assumed at the outset that Tara was another "runaway."They didn't take into account Tara's known history, or that no one knew of any big precipitating stress that might cause her to run.It didn't occur to some people in a position to help keep Tara's name and face in the public eye at first that teachers already doing administrative work at age 30, pursuing their doctorates, teachers still out and socializing with friends the last night they were seen, don't just decide after 11 p.m. that night to vanish.Leaving behind their beloved pets, a German Shepherd named Dolly and a cat named Herman.Even though a local TV station, WALB, published an article online today about the continuing search for Tara, I was told that someone at WALB said there might not be much coverage of the search today otherwise because there were so many sporting events taking up the broadcast day.
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Anita stated that Tara was "afraid" of him.
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It is now a week and a day since Tara Grinstead was last seen in South Georgia.Tomorrow after final bell at Irwin County High, students and teachers will head to the command center operating the search for Tara, and then fan out across Irwin County and surrounding areas.They could use help during school hours, if you are there, and available.They could use not having to make such a search another day at all, if Tara comes home, safe and sound.
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At the moment, Tara Grinstead, the former beauty queen and teacher at Irwin County High School in South Georgia, is 30, and will remain, for many, the pretty and smiling face on the left, her life stalled in front of a photographer's backdrop one day in 2005.
A website has been created in the interest of finding Tara, appropriately named, www.findtara.com.There you can find an up-to-date news ticker aggregating the most recent developments in the investigation into Tara Grinstead's disappearance as well as a guest book where you can leave notes for the Grinstead family and Tara's friends.
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The psychic also indicated that enough evidence was left behind that the person or persons who caused Tara to disappear will be linked to her when she is found.He stated, too, that something may have been overlooked when authorities searched Tara's home earlier this week.
This last did prick my skepticism, but as the psychic stated he charged no one any money for what he did I was polite and tried to be as open-minded as possible.I just felt a little skeptical that as elite a law-enforcement agency as the Georgia Bureau of Investigation would miss much of anything in such an investigation.
Tomorrow will be Sunday, October 30.Tara will be missing a week as of today, the 29th.Her story has made it into the national news, but with the onslaught of Scooter-Gate, the story of the pretty teacher who vanished in the night from the little town of Ocilla, GA was shunted to the side, at least for a moment.In the guestbook at findtara.com a steady stream of people leave their thoughts and hopes for the Grinstead family to read.The messages of strangers are often as heartfelt as the words left there by friends of Tara and her family.
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Please know that my husband and I are praying for Tara around the clock.I feel helpless in Missouri for I desperately want to help.Please let us know if we can be of any assistance up here.God bless you all and, may she come home to her family, students and friends soon…
Tomorrow morning in the churches around Ocilla, many prayers will be lofted, whispered, spoken, for Tara Grinstead to safely return home.Then perhaps again later that day, or early Monday, helicopters will fly over and dogs will traverse the fields.People with worried faces may pace slowly in the shadows of peach orchards.In mind and memory, Tara will smile from her photographs, on hold, only 30.At least until someone says something, or admits they know something, and lets her loved ones breathe easy, again.
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The puzzle of where 30-year-old Irwin County High School Social Studies teacher and administrator Tara Faye Grinstead has been since the night of October 22, 2005.
October 22 was a Saturday.Tara helped out at the 45th Annual Miss Georgia Sweet Potato Queens Beauty Pageant in Fitzgerald.That night 89 young ladies and girls participated in the event, and Tara helped some of them with hair and makeup.After all, Tara Grinstead had been elected Miss Charisma when she was in the pageant in 1998.Later that same night, she may have also visited a friend.Then, sometime after she arrived home, apparently before midnight, Tara Grinstead vanished.
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Miss Florida USA Ezine
www.missfloridausa.com, 20 Aug 2012 [cached]
Ocilla-- Friends and family say Tara Grinstead is a lovable person and respected member of the Ocilla community. She's a devoted and well-liked 11th grade History teacher at Irwin County High School. We've seen her picture and watched video of her singing in beauty pageants, but today Tara Grinstead's best friend, Maria Hulett told us that Tara is much more than a pretty face. We've seen her picture and watched video of her singing in beauty pageants, but today Tara Grinstead's best friend, Maria Hulett told us that Tara is much more than a pretty face.
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Grinstead got her Masters in Education from Valdosta State University in 2003 and is working on her doctorate. She moved to Ocilla to teach at Irwin County High in 1998.
At the time of the Fun Channel interview, she had just completed her first year of teaching. "I'm an 11th grade history teacher at Irwin County High School. I also have a cheerleading squad of Junior Varsity cheerleaders. I just completed my first year of teaching, and I love every bit of it," Grinstead said in the interview.
She also works as a part time administrator at Irwin County Middle School. Friends say Grinstead loves to exercise, drink Diet Coke with grenadine, collects Barbies, and loves 80's music, especially Bon Jovi. She's single her friends said she had recently broken up with a boyfriend. She was never married. Her friends say she is happy, compassionate and kind, and they miss her very much.
Tara's best friend Maria Hulett asks you to continue to pray for Tara, and begs anyone with information to call authorities.
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Tara Grinstead also helped coach the cheerleading squad at Irwin County High School, and many of her students are helping search for her.
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