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Tara Grinstead Still Missing, Why a community Finds her so Special

The Macon Telegraph article in the Sunday edition, ‘An open wound’: Community desperate to find missing teacher, tells all the reasons why a community loves her so and the reasons for their desperation in finding Tara.

From Tara’s selfless acts of helping others like Kenyatta McDonald when her house burned down and lost everything to the purchasing of student’s prom dresses who could not afford them; Tara Grinstead saw fit that they had them. It is no wonder that this caring school teacher was so adored by so many and why her community cares to deeply in her return.

When Kenyatta McDonald’s house burned down this summer and she lost everything, it was Tara Grinstead who made sure the high school senior had what she needed.

Grinstead bought her things she wanted and things she needed, such as clothes and shoes.

“She was right there, even if I needed a hug or a shoulder to cry on she was there,” McDonald said.

She’s a teacher who bought students prom dresses when they couldn’t afford them. The students paid her back over time. But she put her students in a fake jail when they didn’t pay fake taxes with their “Grinstead dollars” – part of her lesson on taxation without representation.

“She’s just been so close to students in her classes,” Conner said. “Any type of kid she could talk with, the A-plus students who are basically care free and those kids who are at risk.”

What makes a community love someone as much as they have come to care for Tara Grinstead? Maybe the fact that as her step mother, Connie Grinstead stated, “Grinstead didn’t move to Ocilla intending to stay.” The fact that Tara embraced her community and cared for its people as especially her students. Wanting to become part of a community and wanting to be a role model, one would be hard pressed not to have seen a small town community like Ocilla not embrace someone so caring and thoughtful like Tara Grinstead.

Grinstead didn’t move to Ocilla intending to stay, her stepmother, Connie Grinstead, said.

During her senior year at Georgia Southwestern State in Americus, she did her student teaching at Irwin County High. She fell in love with the town and its people. When the school system offered her a job eight years ago, she accepted, her stepmother said.

Connie Grinstead said her stepdaughter loves history and loves helping people, but there were other reasons for her career choice.

Pageants gave Grinstead self-esteem and confidence, and so she encouraged her students to do them, too, her stepmother said.

“It has helped her so much in her life that she knew it could benefit other young ladies in the same way,” she said.

“She just liked young people. She always wanted to be a good role model for them,” she said.

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November 6th, 2005 at 08:11pm Posted by | Missing, Missing Adult, Tara Grinstead | no comments

Officials report no new leads in case of missing Jacksonville store owner, MaziBul Haque

MaziBul Haque, 35, is still missing and has not been seen since Sunday just before 11 p.m. at the Super Shop No. 5 on South Bolton Street in Jacksonville.

Haque was last seen Sunday just before 11 p.m. at the Super Shop No. 5 on South Bolton Street in Jacksonville. The weekend deposit from the store never made it to the bank, according to store manager Linda Herrington.

Haque is approximately 5 feet 6 inches tall and average size with a tattoo on his shoulder. He is originally from Bangladesh, and he drives a 2003 black Ford Expedition.

Anyone with any information of Haque’s whereabouts should call the Cherokee County sheriff’s office at 903-683-2271.

November 6th, 2005 at 07:49pm Posted by | Missing, Missing Adult | no comments

Search continues for missing Irwin County teacher, Tara Grinstead

The search continues for Tara Grinstead as authorities and volunteers continue to search for a popular high school teacher who has been missing for two weeks.

But so far, authorities have found few clues as to what may have happened to Grinstead.

The clothes she wore Saturday night and her cell phone were found at her home. Her car was outside and unlocked, which her sister, Anita Gattis, said was unusual. Her pocketbook and keys were gone, police said.

Grinstead is single and lives with her dog and cat. There was no clear sign of a struggle at her home, police said. But a broken lamp was found in her bedroom and her alarm clock was found under her bed.

It is possible she was kidnapped, authorities have said. But Irwin County Sheriff Donnie Youghn said there are no suspects in the case.

As per the WMAZ 13, Town Searches for Missing Teacher

The family of Tara Grinstead, who has been missing for two weeks, now is offering a reward of $80,000 and has hired a private investigator in hopes of finding clues into the disappearance of Tara Grinstead.

The family of a woman who disappeared two weeks ago has now offered an $80,000 reward in the hopes of finding her.

The family of Tara Grinstead has also hired a private investigator to look for clues in the case.

There are no solid leads or suspects in the investigation, police said. Detectives are urging anyone with information to contact the Iwrin County Sheriff’s Office.

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November 6th, 2005 at 07:35pm Posted by | Missing, Missing Adult, Search and Rescue, Tara Grinstead | no comments