Suspect Indicted In Burning The Body Of Georgia Beauty Queen

His friend killed their teacher, and he helped dispose of the body.

By Jaime Lutz

A Georgia man was indicted on Monday with burning the corpse of a local beauty queen after his friend killed her, The Atlantic Journal Constitution reported.

Bo Dukes was indicted by a grand jury on charges of concealing a death, tampering with evidence, and hindering apprehension of a criminal in the 2005 death of Tara Grinstead, 30, a former beauty queen and history teacher.

Dukes’s friend, Ryan Duke, was charged with killing Grinstead in February. Both suspects were former students of Grinstead’s.

Dukes and Duke are not related.

Grinstead went missing on Oct. 22, 2005, when she left a cookout and told friends she was going straight home. She was reported missing two days later when she didn’t show up at Irwin County High School to teach history.

The case remained cold for 11 years until the Georgia Bureau of Investigations received a tip about the crime in February. A few days later, Duke was arrested.

“This gentleman never came up on our radar until the last few days,” GBI Special Agent in Charge J.T. Ricketson told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution at the time.

Dukes was arrested a week later, but the full details of his involvement did not emerge until his indictment this week.

Police have not released a possible motive for the crime, and a trial date for both men has not been set.

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