dglobalnews.com Major break in the case of missing Georgia teacher
Published: Fri, February 24, 2017
National | By Glenda Ortiz

Major break in the case of missing Georgia teacher

The GBI is set to hold a news conference at 3 p.m. Thursday at the Irwin County courthouse in Ocilla to discuss updates in the investigation into the 2005 disappearance of Tara Grinstead.

A search of Grinstead's home produced very little evidence making the search for her very hard, the release said.

Police found the 30-year-old's cell phone, vehicle and dog, Dolly Madison, at her Ocilla, Ga., home-about 200 miles south of Atlanta.

'Tara never left her vehicle unlocked, and never drove on dirt roads, ' Gattis said.

Police immediately went to her home. Although the Grinstead investigation was more than 11 years old, the case was still considered active.

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"This gentleman never came up in our radar", J.T. Ricketson, special agent for the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, said of the near cold case in a press conference Thursday.

In an interview in 2016, Channel 2 Action News interviewed a man who started a podcast about the case.

Duke graduated in 2002 from Irwin County High School, where Grinstead taught. Investigators also credited an unidentified member of the public with providing new details about the killing that tied Duke to the murder.

However, the case remained open and the GBI recently received a tip that led authorities to interview subjects they had never interviewed before, which led them to gather enough probably cause to charge Duke with Grinstead's murder.

Grinstead's remains were never found.

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