Who is Tara Grinstead
Tara Faye Grinstead was born in Hawkinsville, Georgia to Billy and Faye Grinstead on February 14, 1974. During her upbringing in Hawkinsville, she was a cheerleader and an active member of the Baptist church. After high school, she went on to Middle Georgia College to pursue higher education and become a teacher. Subsequently, she earned a Master’s Degree in Education from Valdosta State University. She was planning to pursue a doctorate degree at the time of her disappearance.
In 1998, Tara began teaching at Irwin County High School in Ocilla, GA. She was a devoted and well-liked 11th grade history teacher. She was compassionate and truly cared for her students outside of the classroom, even allowing one to temporarily live with her after the student’s house burned down. According to friends and family, Tara was widely known for her generous and trusting nature.
About the Podcast
Season 1 of Up and Vanished explored the 2005 disappearance of beauty queen and high school teacher Tara Grinstead in Ocilla, Georgia. The cold case was the largest case file in the Georgia Bureau of Investigation’s history, with no arrests in 11 years. The podcast quickly drew attention, both in South Georgia and nationwide.
As the people of Ocilla began talking about the case again, new leads and stories emerged. In February 2017, the GBI arrested two suspects for Grinstead’s murder. Up and Vanished will continue to provide updates on this no-longer-cold case as the criminal trial proceeds in 2018.
A second season of Up and Vanished, covering a completely different true crime story, will debut in early 2018.