Georgia teacher Tara Grinstead, 30, mysteriously went missing in October 2005. Eleven years later, police say they finally know why: she was killed during a burglary by a former student at the school in which she worked.
Ryan Alexander Duke, 33, was charged with murder, burglary, aggravated assault, and concealment of a body in Grinstead’s case, after years of investigators wondering who would kill the beautiful pageant queen and beloved history teacher, People magazine reported.
The Georgia Bureau of Investigations has not revealed how Grinstead died or whether her remains have finally been located, but said that Duke was arrested based on a tip several days ago.
Grinstead was last seen at a dinner party on Oct. 22, 2005, and reported missing after she failed to show up for work two days later. Her friends in her small Georgia town were heartened to finally hear about the arrest, said Irwin County Schools Superintendent Dr. Thad Clayton to a local NBC affiliate.
“This community’s got a good heart,” said Clayton. “It’s not a surprise to see the way the word was getting out earlier today, that it was going to be a major announcement. It’s not a surprise to see a packed house. We’re a small town. We’re going to know family members of the person who was mentioned today and have equally as many stories about being a part of the community with them.”
[Image: Dateline, Georgia Bureau of Investigations]