The GBI announced Thursday that Ryan Alexander Duke was charged with the murder of Tara Grinstead. Upon investigation, police found her cellphone charging in her bedroom, her auto parked outside, unlocked, and no signs of a struggle aside from a broken bedroom lamp.
Tara Grinstead was last seen the night of October 22, 2005 when she attended a beauty pageant and barbecue in Fitzgerald, Georgia.
A massive manhunt was launched after Grinstead's disappearance, but the case proved hard due to the lack of evidence found in Grinstead's home, according to the GBI.
Police immediately went to her home. Though they have received many tips over the years, none led to credible information. Although the Grinstead investigation was more than 11 years old, the case was still considered active.
He said Duke was arrested Wednesday and is now in the Irwin County jail. Investigators also credited an unidentified member of the public with providing new details about the killing that tied Duke to the murder.
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The suspect "never came up on our radar" during the investigation into Grinstead's disappearance, investigators said at the news conference.
In a 2006 interview with the Atlanta-Journal Constitution, Grinstead's sister Anita Gattis said she believed her sister left with someone she knew.
Since Grinstead's disappearance, several hundred interviews were conducted, hundreds of leads were investigated and multiple search warrants were executed, the GBI said.
Grinstead's remains were never found.