North American Missing Persons Network
Tara Faye Grinstead

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Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: October 22, 2005 from Ocilla, Irwin County, Georgia
  • Classification: Endangered Missing
  • Date Of Birth: November 14, 1974
  • Age: 30
  • Height: 5'3" - 5'4"
  • Weight: 100 - 110 lbs.
  • Hair Color: Brown
  • Eye Color: Brown
  • Race: White
  • Gender: Female
  • Clothing: Possibly black sweatpants and gray New Balance sneakers.
  • Case Number: 2005-10-24-065
  • NCIC Number: M355211015

  • Details of Disappearance
    On October 24, 2005 at 8:50 a.m., the Ocilla Police Department responded to a missing person report made by neighbors and coworkers at the Irwin County High School. They were concerned because Tara Grinstead did not show up for work and they were unable to make contact with her.

    The last known contact was on October 22, 2005 at approximately 11:00 p.m. That afternoon she had helped out at the Miss Georgia Sweet Potato pageant in Fitzgerald. She'd later gone to a cookout at the home of a former county school superintendent's family.

    Her car was parked in the driveway of her residence, and her clothes from the 22nd and her cell phone were in the house. Her house was locked and the only items that appear to be missing are her purse and keys. Family members say that Tara never left without her cell phone. Her cat and her dog were in the house. There were no certain signs of a struggle. A bedroom lamp was broken.

    There have been numerous searches conducted by various local, state, and federal agencies. The GBI has interviewed a number of people and is reviewing the evidence they have. Investigators found a latex glove in Grinstead's yard. The glove contained what authorities have said contained "male-profiled" DNA and a fingerprint. But so far no match has turned up.

    A Hawkinsville native, Tara had been Miss Tifton in 1999 and, soon after, a contestant in the Miss Georgia pageant. She lived by herself in south Georgia. Grinstead, who taught at Irwin County High for about eight years, had gone to work there out of college. Though she hadn't married, she had dated a local man for the better part of five years. They had broken up before she went missing. She did have several romantic relationships that occurred in relative proximity to one another.

    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Ocilla Police Department
    Detective Bill Barrs / GBI Dominic Turner
    (229) 468-7494

    Source Information
    Ocilla Police Department
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    America's Most Wanted
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