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Tara Grinstead

Tara Grinstead murder: Up & Vanished podcaster Payne Lindsey shares latest in case

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

Payne Lindsey, whose podcast about the disappearance of Tara Grinstead is credited by many with helping to solve the cold case after more than a decade, is still digging into the the Georgia teacher’s murder.

The “Up & Vanished” creator has new details about Ryan Alexander Duke, who was charged with assaulting and murdering Grinstead at her Oscilla, Georgia, home and then disposing of her body in a pecan orchard to conceal her death in 2005. Dozens of investigators and forensic experts continue to search the Ben Hill County orchard for signs of Grinstead’s remains.

A second suspect was arrested and charged with helping Duke conceal the death. Bo Dukes, no relation to Duke, has been released on bond.

Lindsey shares his latest findings with Nancy Grace in this episode of “Crime Stories.”

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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 LeadStories.com.