Saturday, April 23, 2016

T Is for Tara Grinstead

This month I'm participating in the A to Z ChallengeMy theme this year is Unsolved Mysteries. Today's letter is:




Tara Grinstead was a former beauty pageant contestant, having competed for Miss Georgia in 1999. She used her pageant winnings to pay for college.




On October 22nd, 2005, she spent the morning helping a group of girls prepare for the Miss Georgia Sweet Potato pageant.



On the evening of October 22nd, she was seen at a cookout with some friends from school. She left the barbecue at approximately 11 p.m., saying she was going home to watch the video of the Sweet Potato pageant. Normally when she arrived home, though, she'd turn on a lamp to let neighbors know she'd made it safely. That night, the lamp never came on.



On Monday morning, when Tara didn't show up at the school where she worked, friends contacted the local police department. When officers arrived, they found her car in its usual spot. Inside the unlocked car was an envelope with $100 in cash. Everything looked normal inside the house.



The clothes she'd been wearing at the cookout were on the floor. Her bed looked slept in and her cell phone was on the charger. It looked like she'd arrived home and left the house temporarily. Outside the house was a business card wedged in the door and a latex glove on the ground.



Police believed a crime had occurred at the residence, but they've yet to pinpoint a credible suspect. A man's DNA was found on the glove. In 2008, the case received renewed attention when it was connected to the disappearance of Jennifer Kesse in Orlando three months later.



Jennifer arrived home on Monday, January 23rd, called first her parents and then her boyfriend, and said she was going to bed. Police believe she was abducted the next morning as she walked to her car to go to work. This man was seen parking her car and walking away. He has never been identified.



Do you believe the two cases are connected?

⬅️ S Is for the Springfield Three

40 comments:

  1. Sounds like another case of abduction and murder. So sick and sad. :(

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    1. Yeah, you know when you see a picture on one of my blog posts this month, nothing good's going to have happened to that person!

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  2. Always scary when the only thing taken is a person. Sick bastards.

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    1. I know...and someone likely knew both women lived alone...probably had been watching them for a while.

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  3. They sure could be connected. Very similar cases. It's a shame people can't be safe in their everyday life.

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    1. Definitely. There are some evil people out there.

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  4. Makes me glad I'm not female, most of these victims are nearly always women.

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    1. And young. I saw a statistic once that after the age of 27 or 28, your risk of being kidnapped goes WAY down. I didn't know whether to be relieved or annoyed by that!

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  5. All of these cases are so sad and scary. Very much an "it could happen to anyone" vibe.
    We can only hope all of these people were abducted by kind aliens or sucked through a vortex into a world made of chocolate. All the other options are too awful.

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    1. A world made of chocolate! I like that. If you believe in God, they may just very well be in a world made of amazing things. Far better than the dark world we have here.

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  6. I remember seeing this case on Dateline or 48 Hours or one of those. I specifically remember the security video footage. This was a fascinating one.

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    1. I first saw it on Disappeared on Discover ID. It was one of those cases that stuck with me, especially the glove. They checked into the business card and found it was just someone who had passed by and left a card. (Can you imagine being the person who put a card on a door of someone who had been murdered or kidnapped, then the police calling?) In so many of these cases, I think of your book...it made me look at all of these a different way.

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  7. Similar circumstances so there is a possible link. Poor, poor beautiful girls. It's horrifying to think something like that could happen in our own home or driveway.

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    1. And so many happen as women who live alone are heading out to their cars. I would say they all need garages, but there was a case where someone parked, closed her garage door, and found that someone was in her garage waiting for her...

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  8. So sad and scary. Sounds like they may have been connected.

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  9. Yes, I believe they're connected, for sure.

    Piper Presley
    T is for Twitter: Blogging From A to Z

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  10. It seems likely the cases were connected. With DNA they may catch the monster yet. I hope so.

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  11. I think they probably are connected!

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  12. Sounds similar. Just so sad and scary. Two bright young ladies with good futures. I feel bad for their families.

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  13. This is scary and sad.

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  14. They sure sound connected. A serial killer perhaps.

    I'm so enjoying your posts this month.

    Have a fabulous day. ☺

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  15. It certainly looked like it was connected - the whole disappearing without a trace. Eerie. The worst thing about being the victim's family is the never knowing what happened.
    Fran
    @FranClarkAuthor
    Writing Women’s Fiction

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  16. Very sad, especially for the families who may never learn the truth. It sounds like it could be a serial killer, I wonder if they are looking for other potentially linked cases.

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  17. Really makes me wonder what could have gotten her outside, presumably that night once she got home. Very sad that you can't be safe in your own home.

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  18. It certainly sounds like they are connected. What awful crimes!

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  19. If the same DNA was found at both scenes then they have to be related. It's so sick how many people get killed and the killers never get caught
    Debbie

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  20. Yes, I do think the cases are connected. I feel terrible for both the girls' families.

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  21. Wow, those are interesting things to leave behind. I suppose it's possible there is a connection. Makes sense the person responsible has done it before since there weren't many clues left behind like someone not sure what they are doing.

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  22. If the DNA was the same, then yes, sadly connected.

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  23. Yep, probably connected. I think these abductions from home are the worst. We like to think we're safe in our own houses.

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  24. Yeah, I think they're probably connected too. It's so terrible for the families, never knowing what happened.
    Carol at My Writing Journal

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  25. Yeah. Sounds like it. Creepy once again.

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  26. Well, that's... creepy as hell. O_o I've missed a lot of peoples' blog updates, and I started reading through the ones of yours I've missed, until I realized I was freaking myself out shortly before bed. Gah!

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  27. Yikes! I used to watch the tv show Unsolved Mysteries all the time when I was young. I don't think they creeped me out as much then as these stories do now - likely because I understand them more now and real life terrifies me most of the time!
    Stopping by from A-Z!
    Brandy from Be Kind 366

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  28. Could very well be a connection which means a serial killer is afoot.

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  29. Yikes, it certainly could be the same person. That's terrible.

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  30. could be the same or a copy cat crime. sad it happens everywhere, to anyone.

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  31. Scary! Seems similar! Interesting how they are able to connect cases like that. Sad :( I am sure their families wish that something would get uncovered.

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  32. A serial murder? Living alone made her vulnable even with the neighbors watched out for her!

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  33. Is that the actual pic of the glove?

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