OCILLA, Ga. — An Atlanta man hopes his new Podcast will generate fresh leads in one of Georgia’s longest-running mysteries.
Payne Lindsey has been doing the podcast, “Up and Vanished,” which focuses on the disappearance of Tara Grinstead, a teacher and former beauty queen from south Georgia. She disappeared from her Ocilla home in October 2005.
Witnesses last saw Grinstead at a beauty pageant, then at a co-worker’s barbecue before she went home, WSB-TV reported (http://2wsb.tv/2cIqOmS).
When she failed to show up for work later, police went to her home and found her cellphone and car still there. Her house was locked, and her only items that appeared to be missing were her purse and keys, police said. Investigators found a single latex glove outside.
“I think the whole case needs a fresh look,” Lindsey said.
He’s released three episodes of his podcast so far and plans to release more episodes soon. The episodes are available on iTunes and at Lindsey’s website, www.upandvanished.com.
“Ever since I released the first episode, every week I’ve had new calls, new emails from locals, he said.
Lindsey has also been sharing new leads and information with a private investigator who worked with Grinstead’s family shortly after her disappearance, he told WSB.
Ultimately, he hopes the podcast helps authorities to finally find out what happened to Grinstead.
“I think it will be solved and I hope I’m a part of it,” Lindsey said.
Police have described the disappearance as a missing person case.
“We certainly are still considering it a missing persons case and the possibility of abduction is not being ruled out. We don’t have any evidence of that,” Ocilla Police Chief Billy Hancock told The Associated Press in February 2006, a few months after Grinstead vanished.
In the months after Grinstead disappeared, her sister, Anita Gattis, made frequent appearances on nationally televised crime shows to plead for information anyone might have.
“I think someone she knew is involved,” Gattis told the AP in 2006. “I think something bad happened.”
At a memorial service two years after her disappearance, friends distributed Justice for Tara T-shirts, with a phone number for tips on the front. On the back was a Bible verse, Matthew 10:26: “Fear them not therefore: for there is nothing covered, that shall not be revealed; and hid, that shall not be known.”