Authorities: Suspect arrested in case of missing teacher


OCILLA, Ga. (AP) — Authorities in Georgia say they believe they have solved the case of a Georgia teacher who has been missing for 11 years.

J.T. Ricketson of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation said Thursday that a suspect is in custody in connection with the disappearance of Tara Grinstead. She was 30 years old when she vanished in October 2005 from her home in the farm town of Ocilla in south Georgia.

Ricketson said that “we did find the person” responsible for the death of Grinstead.

The case had stumped authorities for more than a decade. Grinstead’s cellphone was found inside her home and her car was in the driveway. But her keys and purse were gone.

Grinstead was a local beauty contest winner who taught at Irwin County High School.

The GBI arrested 33-year-old Ryan Alexander Duke for murder in connection with the disappearance of Tara Grinstead.

GBI continue to conduct interviews in their investigation as well as continuing to search for Grinstead’s remains.

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