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The Beauty Queen Mystery : Tara Grinstead

posted: 09/27/12
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Missing since October 22, 2005

Tara Grinstead, a 30-year-old teacher and former beauty queen, disappears without a trace on October 24, 2005. Although there is no crime scene at her home, investigators find a latex glove lying in the front yard, indicating foul play.

Searching for clues, investigators delve into Tara's personal life and discover a complex series of relationships with men. They learn that she had a stormy relationship with her ex-boyfriend, a former police officer and Army Ranger. They also discover that, months earlier, one of Tara's former high school students tried to force his way into her house. On top of that, a business card left on Tara's front door belongs to a married police officer from a nearby town.

Investigators recover male DNA from the glove left in her yard, as well as a partial fingerprint. But they collect DNA samples from every male Tara might have had any contact with, and find no match for the DNA on the glove.

Just as police are running out of directions to turn, a man calling himself the "Catchmekiller" posts an anonymous video online, claiming to have killed 16 people, including Tara Grinstead. Officials raid his home, but the video confession turns out to be nothing but a bizarre hoax.

Today, five years later, Tara Grinstead's disappearance still hinges on finding a DNA match to the latex glove found outside her home. Her case is the largest active investigation by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation.

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