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Saturday, October 21, 2006

Two High Profile Georgia Disappearances One Year Later

Friday, October 21, 2005 40 year old Leslie Marva Adams seemed to have vanished into thin air in Lilburn, Georgia. In the days leading up to Leslie's disappearance, she had filed a restraining order against her boyfriend Billy Cook for continued harassment and domestic violence.

Just one day later, in Southern Georgia, Tara Faye Grinstead, a former beauty queen and popular high school teacher, vanished from her home. The only clues that were left behind was a broken lamp in Tara's bedroom and an alarm clock that had fallen off the night stand.
In the days, and weeks following Tara's disappearance, massive searches would follow. At one point, Texas Equusearch who led the search for the missing Aruba teen - Natalee Holloway were stationed in Ocilla, Georgia along with other organizations from Florida and Georgia trying to find any sign of Tara. After several in depth searches, the volunteers and Equusearch had no choice but to leave Ocilla and go home. Tara Grinstead remained missing.

As months would drag on in the Grinstead disappearance, it seemed as if there'd be no new developments, but there would be with the Adams case.
Authorities would release that inside Leslie Adams' apartment there had been a gun shell casing found on the floor and traces of blood that led them to believe that Leslie could have possibly been a victim of foul play. Leslie's boyfriend would be charged with violating his probation and contacting Leslie against the restraining order but, he was not charged in connection with Leslie's disappearance. This only left the family of Leslie Adams even more frustrated and angry.

There has been much speculation that Tara Grinstead was a victim of foul play at the hands of boyfriend as well. Prior to Tara's disappearance, she and her boyfriend of six years had just ended their relationship, but it was "supposidly" an amicable split. There are some people in Ocilla who will tell you otherwise. Their reports state that Marcus Harper was obcessive, jealous and had often called Tara some very nasty names on occasion when seeing her out with another man in public. To date, Harper has never been arrested in connection with the disappearance of Tara Grinstead and he claims he has been "hounded to death" by everyone who thinks he is involved. With only name calling, that is simply not enough for GBI (Georgia Bureau of Investigation) to make an arrest.

While it is known that Leslie Adams and Tara Grinstead are only connected because they vanished on the same weekend, it's a painful reminder for residents of North and South Georgia. Residents here like simple safe living. We do not like to think that there could possibly be a killer roaming the streets that has caused two innocent women to vanish off the face of the earth. We know that nobody really vanishes into thin air. I know that these two are probably very close to the area where they vanished, and it's simply a matter of us finding the clues to lead us to them. It's very difficult to think of these two every day and wonder when and if we will ever know just what happened and where they were placed.
Because from what these families have told me, I know these two did not leave on their own accord. Someone knows what happened.

If you have any information regarding the disappearance of Leslie Marva Adams, you are asked to call Detective Marcus Head at 770-513-5300. There is a $25,000 REWARD for Infomration leading to the exact location of Leslie. You remain anonymous if needed.

Leslie Adams Website:

If you have any information regarding the disappearance of Tara Grinstead, you are asked to call the Georgia Bureau of Investigation @ GBI - (478) 987-4545. There is a $200,000 REWARD. You may remain anonymous if needed.

Tara Grinstead Website

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