TWO MISSING WOMEN, TWO INVESTIGATIONS ? DO THEY HAVE ONE COMMON LINK? 48 HOURS VANISHED: "STOLEN BEAUTY" -- SATURDAY, JAN 10, 2009
Former beauty queen Tara Grinstead was a beloved school teacher in Irwin County, Ga. with aspirations of becoming a high school principal, when she vanished from her home in October 2005. There were no signs of forced entry, no sign of a struggle and only her pocketbook and keys were missing. But investigators suspected foul play when a latex glove was discovered in her front yard. Georgia authorities have now revealed new information to 48 Hours that they hope could solve the Tara Grinstead case. Our cameras followed the Georgia Bureau of Investigation to Florida, as they explored a possible connection between this eerie disappearance and another troubling case in Orlando.
Three months after Grinstead's disappearance, Jennifer Kesse vanished from her Orlando, Fla. home. Like Tara, Jennifer was young, beautiful and successful. And like Tara, there was no sign of forced entry, no sign of a struggle and only Jennifer's keys and purse were missing. Similarly, investigators uncovered a clue that they believe is essential to solving their case - grainy surveillance footage showing an unidentified shadowy figure, who authorities believe could be Kesse's abductor, emerging from her car.
Two women, nearly 300 miles apart, vanish without a trace and each investigation holds a clue that could be the key to cracking their case.
Peter Van Sant reports on 48 HOURS VANISHED: "Stolen Beauty," Saturday, Jan 10 (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. This broadcast is produced by Katherine Davis. Nancy Kramer is the senior producer and Al Briganti is the executive editor. Susan Zirinsky is the executive producer.