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Saturday, January 10, 2009

CBS to show Tara Grinstead special again Saturday Jan. 10,2009

CBS to show Grinstead special again

By Angie Thompson, Senior Reporter

TIFTON — A re-broadcast of June’s “48 Hours: Vanished, Stolen Beauty,” which features information on the 2005 unsolved disappearance of Irwin County’s Tara Grinstead, will air at 10 p.m. Saturday on CBS.

Three months after Grinstead’s disappearance, Jennifer Kesse vanished from her Orlando, Fla., home. Like Grinstead, Kesse was young, beautiful and successful. And like in Grinstead’s disappearance, there was no sign of forced entry, no sign of a struggle and only Kesse’s keys and purse were missing. Similarly, investigators uncovered a clue that they believe is essential to solving their case – grainy surveillance footage showing an unidentified shadowy figure, who authorities believe could be Kesse’s abductor, emerging from her car.

According to a press release from CBS, the two women lived 300 miles apart but the investigations into their disappearances could hold clues that could be the key to cracking the cases.

Grinstead vanished from her Ocilla home on Oct. 22, 2005 after attending the Georgia Sweet Potato Pageant in nearby Fitzgerald, where she had assisted some of the contestants with their hair and makeup. When she didn’t show up for work on Monday, co-workers at Irwin County High School called the Ocilla Police Dept.

Investigators found no sign of a struggle and only her pocketbook and keys were missing. A latex glove was found in her front yard. The case garnered national attention and hundreds of people joined in the search for Grinstead. Family, friends and co-workers, as well as law enforcement, scoured the county trying to find any clue they could to solve the mystery and give family and friends some answers.

A $100,000 reward is being offered for Grinstead’s safe return and another $100,000 for information leading to the arrest/conviction of the person or people responsible for her disappearance. To contact senior reporter Angie Thompson, call 382-4321.

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