Man arrested in connection with 2005 disappearance of Georgia high school teacher

Tracy FergusonFeb 24, 2017

After 12 years, authorities announced that they arrested Duke in connection to beauty queen and teacher's disappearance and murder.

A suspect has been arrested and charged with the 2005 murder of Tara Grinstead, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation said Thursday.

Duke graduated from Irwin County High School, where Grinstead taught history.

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She was 30 years old when she vanished in October 2005 from her home in the farm town of Ocilla in south Georgia.

However, a GBI statement of the case says, "The search for Grinstead's remains continues".

Lindsey told Channel 2 Action News he has been sharing new leads and information with a private investigator, who worked with Grinstead's family shortly after her disappearance.

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The GBI said it received many leads through the GBI tip line over the years, and each credible tip was fully investigated. Duke has been booked into the Irwin County Sheriff's Office detention center on murder charges, the station reports.

Grinstead's stepmother, Connie Grinstead, said in Thursday's press conference that Duke's arrest is "another chapter in a long and painful journey", WSB reported.

RIcketson said Duke "never came up on our radar". After she attended an annual beauty pageant and didn't show up to school the next day neighbors knew something was wrong. Grinstead's cellphone was found inside her home and her auto was in the driveway. The investigation is ongoing.

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