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Groups challenge gag order on Tara Grinstead investigation

A judge will hear a challenge to the gag order on the Tara Grinstead investigation. (Source: File) A judge will hear a challenge to the gag order on the Tara Grinstead investigation. (Source: File)
Judge Melanie Cross issued the gag order in the case and will be hearing the challenge. (Source: Tift Circuit) Judge Melanie Cross issued the gag order in the case and will be hearing the challenge. (Source: Tift Circuit)
Ryan Duke made his first court appearance on February 23. (Source: WALB) Ryan Duke made his first court appearance on February 23. (Source: WALB)
Bo Dukes (Source: Jail booking document) Bo Dukes (Source: Jail booking document)
OCILLA, GA (WALB) -

Three groups of newspapers and television stations are challenging last month's gag order in the Tara Grinstead case.

The motions to lift the order will be going before Superior Court Judge Melanie Cross, the same judge who issued it.

A teacher, a friend, a loved one goes missing

Tara Grinstead went missing in late October of 2005.

She was well known in the community as a former beauty queen and Irwin County High School teacher. 

Currently, there are two people charged in connection with Tara Grinstead's death, Ryan Duke and Bo Dukes.

11 years later, officials get a break in the case

On February 23, Ryan Duke was charged in connection to her death.

According to the arrest warrants read at Ryan's first appearance, he burglarized her home and killed her with his hands.

Then he took her body from the house and hid it somewhere.

Ryan has been charged with burglary, aggravated assault, murder and concealing a death.

Nearly a week after Ryan's arrest, on February 28, investigators were silenced by the gag order issued on the case.

Second arrest made in the investigation

Bo Dukes was arrested on March 3.

Investigators believe he helped Ryan destroy Grinstead's body and hid it in a pecan grove in Fitzgerald.

The Irwin County Superintendent, Thad Clayton, who was the assistant principal at the time of Grinstead's disappearance in 2005, said that Bo was an athlete in high school and was involved in many extra curricular activities

Clayton said members of Bo's extended family have been extremely active in the search for Tara since day one.

Bo bonded out of jail for $17,600 the same day he was arrested.

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