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Tara Grinstead

Bombshell: Tara Grinstead mystery solved with former student’s arrest

by Alan Duke, Reporter & 'Crime Stories With Nancy Grace' Co-host

The mystery of Tara Grinstead’s disappearance eleven years ago is solved with the arrest of a former student of the high school where the beauty queen taught history, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation said Thursday.

The arrest of Ryan Alexander Duke comes just two weeks after someone who knew the secret of Grinstead’s fate decided to talk to investigators. More arrests could come as the probe continues, according to detectives.

Read our full story on the Tara Grinstead case

Payne Lindsey, whose “Up & Vanished” podcast is credited with renewing interest in the case and possibly leading to this resolution, joins Nancy Grace and Alan Duke to discuss the revelations in this episode of “Crime Stories.”

Alan’s journalism career began as a way to pay for his plan to become a lawyer, but he soon realized being a courtroom reporter was a lot more fun than sitting at a defense table. Duke covered many of the nation’s most sensational crime stories over his 26 years at CNN. Duke’s closely covered domestic terrorism cases for CNN, including the Oklahoma City federal building bombing, the UNABOMBER and search for Southeast bomber Eric Robert Rudolph. CNN moved Duke to Los Angeles in 2009 to cover the entertainment beat, much of his time was spent talking to cops, coroners and lawyers. His reporting on the investigation that followed Michael Jackson’s death — and two subsequent trials — included many revelations about the singer’s life and death.   Since leaving CNN in 2014, Duke has contributed to the Reelz Channel “Copycat Killers” documentary series. He is a co-founder and editor-in-chief for