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    A Young Teacher And A Financial Analyst Vanish. Are Their Cases Linked?
    Jan. 10, 2009
    This story was originally broadcast on July 1, 2008.
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    Tara Grinstead, an 11th-grade history teacher in Ocilla, Ga., disappeared without a trace in October 2005. Three months later, another young woman, Jennifer Kesse, also vanished in Orlando, Fla.

    There were some similarities in the cases, leading investigators to wonder: are these disappearances somehow linked?

    Student Dana Wilder remembers feeling a sense of dread when she heard an announcement in school that teacher Tara Grinstead should report to the office.

    Dana was sitting in class at Irwin County High School on that Monday, Oct. 24, 2005. "I knew something was up then. I knew Tara would just not come to school. I think it got all the student's minds worried," Dana remembers.

    By the time Police Chief Billy Hancock arrived at Tara's house, nobody had seen or heard from Tara for 34 hours. "When I arrived the car was parked in the carport. You could actually see it as you were pulling up," he remembers.

    Hancock says the fact she had gone missing but her car was still there was "certainly a red flag."

    But maybe most disturbing was a latex glove, found laying in the front yard.

    Hancock noticed that inside the house everything appeared to be normal. "I walked through the house. No apparent sign of struggle, no forced entry," he remembers. "Her cell phone was in the charger by the nightstand. Her pocketbook and keys were missing."

    Rothwell's initial impression? "It appeared that Tara may have left on her own. However, we had a glove, a latex glove that we couldn't explain. That glove indicates foul play to us."

    He was also intrigued by something else found at Tara's house: a business card found wedged in the front door of Tara's home.

    Investigators sealed the house, and took Tara’s car and the glove in for processing. Then they started reconstructing her last known movements.

    Just days after Tara went missing, Rothwell sent the glove to the GBI crime lab in Atlanta. Trace evidence specialist Larry Peterson wasn't optimistic. "It's my experience from past cases that latex gloves like this had a relatively low rate of success," he explains.

    But in this case, investigators caught a lucky break: against all odds, investigators had recovered DNA-male profile DNA-from the glove.

    And besides the DNA, Rothwell says they also got a fingerprint. But when they compared the DNA and fingerprint to the men in Tara's life, there was no match.

    As astonishing as it seems that someone could disappear without a trace, and that a stranger might be involved, shortly after Tara disappeared, the GBI learned of another case of a beautiful young woman who vanished, this one in Orlando, Fla., exactly three months after Tara disappeared. The similarities were eerie.

    Asked if there could be a link between the cases, Rothwell says, "Possibly. It’s something we really, really need to consider."

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    Even as a child, people were drawn to Jennifer Kesse, says her mother Joyce. "She walked into a room and people noticed her. She was just so vibrant and really full of life," Joyce remembers.

    By the time she was in her twenties, her father Drew says Jennifer had blossomed into a beautiful young lady, and her career as a financial analyst was taking off.

    Just like in Tara's case, there were no signs of forced entry, and no signs of a struggle. Jen's luggage was still in the front hall, untouched. But her purse, her keys and the cell phone, which she always kept with her, were missing.

    Detectives checked for activity on her ATM card and "pinged" her phone to pinpoint its location. There was no response. At 7 p.m., police Sergeant Roger Brennan says they entered her into the system as a missing person and issued an alert for both Jennifer and her car.

    Two days after Jennifer’s disappearance, investigators got a major break in the case when her car was spotted at a housing complex just a mile from her condo.

    Luckily, there were security cameras nearby. When police checked the tape, they watched as someone pulled her Chevy Malibu into the lot. Then, a ghostly figure emerges (video) from Jennifer’s car and calmly strolls away as if on an afternoon walk.

    This person is the main suspect in Jennifer's abduction, and should be easy to identify. But because the security cameras only take a photo every three seconds, his face is obscured on the surveillance footage.

    Bloodhounds were called in to track any scent from Jennifer’s car. Brennan says one of those dogs essentially tracked back to her complex.

    Could Jennifer's abductor be someone who lived in her own complex? Detectives discovered there was extensive remodeling going on, including some work in Jennifer’s own unit, and Jennifer had complained to her family that some of the workers were making her feel uncomfortable.

    Asked what she said, Joyce says, "They would stop and stare. …Leering stares is what she would say."

    "Were these guys mostly day workers?" Van Sant asks.

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    Two beautiful, beloved women - for everyone touched by the disappearance of Tara and Jennifer, hope now rests on a DNA match, or someone, somewhere, who will have the courage to share what they know with police.

    "Someone has to do the right thing?" Van Sant asks Jennifer's father Drew.

    "Yes, and it’s time. It’s been time. And it’s time right now," he says.

    "I really want to see justice take place for Tara. I want the person who's responsible he held accountable for it," Tara's stepmother Connie says.

    "We'll never give up," Jennifer's mother Joyce vows. "We will never give up the hope of finding her and bringing her home."
    In Georgia, investigators have compared the DNA of 150 men to the DNA on the glove outside Tara Grinstead’s home. There was no match.

    In Florida, a task force of 12 top investigators is pursuing new leads in the disappearance of Jennifer Kesse

    VIDEO: Stolen Beauty 45:52
    In Full: Two missing women, two investigations - do they have one common link? Peter Van Sant reports.
    January 11, 2009 8:26 PM

    Video: Tara Grinstead Interview~Watch a 1999 interview of Tara Grinstead by "The Fun Channel."
    Tara Grinstead Interview - 48 Hours - CBS News

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    A Web site dedicated to finding an Ocilla teacher and former beauty queen who disappeared more than five years ago reported Friday that a television network will include a segment about her in a coming series.

    According to the moderator of Justice for Tara Grinstead, crews from NBC have been in Ocilla all week filming for an upcoming series called “Disappeared.” When the show will air is unknown.

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    Dive team searches Irwin Co. creek for Tara Grinstead remains

    OCILLA, GA (WALB) –Divers spent much of the day in an Irwin County creek looking for the remains of a school teacher who disappeared five and a half years ago.

    Tips in the Tara Grinstead case continue to come in. Investigators say the one that led them to that creek Tuesday is the most substantial they've gotten in a year.

    A neighbor who claims to have called in the tip to the sheriff says just a few days after Grinstead disappeared he saw two men acting very suspiciously down by the creek. He says it has been weighing heavy on his heart, so felt it was time to tell someone.

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    MISSING SINCE 6 NOVEMBER 2011 when his mother ALLEGEDLY left him in a locked car.
    She has been uncooperative with law enforcement and has seemingly moved on with her life.


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    Rodney Wall Takes Lead Investigator Role at Perry GBI Office


    Holding a thick case file, Wall said, "This is just one case. This is paperwork we have to generate. That's office work."
    He is elbow deep in the paper work since his arrival, reviewing unsolved cases such as those of missing Irwin County teacher Tara Grinstead and Twigg's County child Teresa Dean.
    Wall said, "I try to bring new ideas or maybe a new approach. Lets go at this a different route."

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    Justice with Jeanine On Fox News Channel

    I understand that "Justice with Judge Jeanine" is planning to tape a segment on Tara for Saturday Night, Nov. 17, 2012.

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    Tara Grinstead case to be subject of Fox News Show Segment

    A Fox News show will air a segment at 9 p.m. Saturday focusing on the 2005 mysterious disappearance of Hawkinsville native Tara Grinstead.

    The segment will air during “Justice with Judge Jeanine,” a show hosted by Jeanine Pirro, said Gary Rothwell, retired special agent in charge of the GBI’s Perry office.

    Rothwell said he traveled to New York to tape the segment, which also features comments from Grinstead’s step-mother, Connie Grinstead.

    Read more here: http://www.macon.com/2012/11/20/2257...#storylink=cpy

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    New info!!! They are draining pond around Fitzgerald, Ga. to search for clues and search for Tara!



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    Greta Investigates, Disappearance of Tara Grinstead, Saturday Feb. 14 @ 10PM


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    According to the What Happened to Tara Grinstead? facebook page, the Greta Investigates episode will be airing again this Sunday night March 1st at 9:00 pm E.S.T.

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    "The information we had seemed really good. We vetted it out. It seemed like it may have been the lucky break we were hoping for and after a day and a half of working that, we were all very disappointed,” said J.T. Ricketson with the Georgia Bureau of Investigations.


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    Georgia Supreme Court to hear appeal of gag order in Tara Grinstead case


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