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October 21, 2007

Tifton -- One of the hardest things a parent has to go through is the loss of a child. But perhaps seemingly harder, is not knowing where their son or daughter is for weeks and months on end.

With no contact and no answers for two years now, Billy and Connie Grinstead are still keeping hope alive that their daughter will someday return home.

"If we can keep her name and her face in front of the public, that's probably the best thing we can do to get people to come forward if they have information," said Tara's step-mother, Connie Grinstead.

It was a case the drew national attention; a young school teacher, a former beauty queen, missing, with no signs of her whereabouts during the prime of her life.

Monday will mark the two year anniversary of the date Tara was last seen alive.

Sunday, Tara's parents gathered along with others on the campus of ABAC in Tifton to remember a young woman, a friend, a daughter they desperately want to find alive.

"We don't know where she is. We feel like someone out there has the information that we need. We're hoping by events, such as those held today, that it will rekindle the interest and that maybe people have information that they did not think was important at the time that they will come forward with now," said Connie.

She tearfully admits, "I still have her numbers programmed in my cell phone. I just can't bring myself to delete them."

About 40 people came out to the event at ABAC, a school once attended by Tara Grinstead, who is also a former Miss Tifton.

There has been little change in the case, but tips continue to come in.

Two years later, those closest to Tara have still not given up hope that she will be found.

There is still a $200,000 reward being offered in the case - $100,000 for her safe return and $100,000 for information leading to an arrest.

For a young woman that had such close ties to the area, the family feels confident that someone out there knows something that will lead them to their daughter.

The Ocilla Police Department and the GBI are still investigating the case. If you have any information about the disappearance, you are asked to contact those agencies immediately.

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