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Last Thursday, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation announced that Ryan Alexander Duke, 33, of Ocilla, had been arrested and charged with the murder of Tara Grinstead, the Irwin County High School teacher who disappeared over a decade ago.
Media outlets from across the country have flocked to Ocilla and reporters are looking for anyone with anything to say about Grinstead, her disappearance, or Ryan Duke. Then, this afternoon, media outlets, including WALB and others, reported that the GBI had a team of over 40 individuals searching a Ben Hill County tract of land for Grinstead's remains. Tara Grinstead
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. 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. Tara Grinstead also helped coach the cheerleading squad at Irwin County High School, and many of her students are helping search for her.
Underworld Magazine Psychic Investigation The Black Dahlia Tara Grinstead? 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. 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. 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. 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. How you can help: You can help Tara by praying. Pray for her and her family and for a resolution to this mystery.
Who is Tara Grinstead?
She is a sister, a daughter, a teacher, a friend, a confidante, a coworker, a neighbor. Tara teaches 11th and 9th 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. Ask anyone who knows her and you will be told ~ Tara is an amazing young woman. She lives and teaches in Ocilla, GA at Irwin County High School. She is a former Miss Tifton and is very active in supporting pageantry in the area. It's not unusual to find Tara's home filled with young women seeking her advice and support. Why? Because she believes that pageantry is a path to college funds. She has mentored many young women on the art of interviewing and her presence in felt each time you talk with one of them. She is involved in so many school and community activities that she truly has touched so many people it is hard to convey it properly in words. From cheerleading to basketball to pageantry, to her deep love for History ~ her own interests are as diverse and interesting as she is herself. She demonstrates her love for education not only by choosing teaching as her profession but by being an avid student herself. She has already acquired her Master's degree and is presently working on her Doctorate. At the tender age of 31, she has accomplished more than some hope to accomplish in a lifetime. Tara is the kind of person you pray your child will have the good fortune to learn from and that you will have the good fortune to come to know. She is the kind of person whose absence simply cannot be ignored... we must find Tara and bring her home. She is missed... What Happened to Tara Grinstead? 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. Tara attended a pageant on Saturday evening at the Grand Theater in Fitzgerald, visited with friends for dinner afterwards and then went home. Did you see Tara interacting with someone suspicous that evening or witness something you found to be unusual?
Read this on Tara Grinstead> > "Tara Grinstead" Tara Grinstead was a 31-year-old hometown beauty queen was a beloved high school history teacher. Texas Equusearch is recruiting volunteers for an organized search the weekend of January 21st and 22nd missing Tara Grinstead. If you know something about the disappearance of Tara Grinstead, we urge you to share what you know so her family can find some measure of peace. Tara Grinstead participated in the Ms. Tifton beauty pageant in 1999 and won the crown. > >Over 2 years ago Tara Grinstead went missing in Ocilla, Ga. The images contained in this site MAY be used to promote the return of Tara Grinstead if you provide a link to this site and an email to the site admin with an explanation of the use of the image. Tara's unusual disappearance launched a national media campaign focused on the tragic mystery, but few facts were available to report. Ocilla A candlelight vigil was held in remembrance of Tara Grinstead. She attended a pageant at the Grand Theatre in Fitzgerald, GA that evening, visited with friends for dinner afterwards and then went home. Thirty-one-year-old Tara Grinstead's disappearance made national news, and shook the small town of Ocilla. A striking brunette, Tara got involved in beauty pageants early on, but friends say only used her good looks to better herself. The clothing that Tara wore on the night of her disappearance was in her bedroom in this pile. As everyone knows, Tim Miller and TES has been in Ocilla, GA this weekend organizing a massive search for Tara Grinstead. Driven by the concern and dedication of law enforcement, family, friends, and online sleuths, the mission to find Tara has not ceased. It is so disheartening to know that a nice person like Tara could go 'missing' and there were people out there who care about her, like her students and friends. Family and friends will gather in Ocilla this weekend to remember missing teacher Tara Grinstead. Tara teaches 11th and 9th grade History at Irwin County High School in Ocilla, GA.Share this!