Filmmaker Payne Lindsey sets out to produce a true-crime documentary and discovers an intriguing unsolved missing persons case from Ocilla, Georgia. We are introduced to high school teacher Tara Grinstead, who was last seen on October 22, 2005, and the basic facts of her disappearance. Payne meets and interviews Dr. Maurice Godwin, a private forensic detective who worked on the case. Payne also chats with his grandma, who lives near Ocilla and might have a lead for him.
Payne Lindsey travels to Ocilla and meets with Dusty Vassey, reporter for the local newspaper. He also talks with his grandma’s friend Melba, who has a tip that may or may not mean something. Maurice Godwin warns Payne against chasing after “white rabbits,” leads that send you running in circles but don’t lead anywhere. Payne also interviews Noah Griffin, a friend of Tara’s from the beauty pageant circuit.
Payne and Maurice discuss the prime piece of evidence, the blue latex glove found outside Tara’s house with some kind of DNA evidence on it. Was it dropped before or after family friend Heath Dykes came to the house to check on Tara? Payne talks to Anthony Vickers, a young man who was arrested for trying to break in to Tara’s house, and also investigates the alibi of Marcus Harper, Tara’s ex-boyfriend. He then interviews dog trainer Tracey Underwood, whose cadaver dogs have searched hundreds of acres in Irwin County, hunting for Tara’s scent.
Payne has a rather creepy experience collecting soil samples from a body-sized mound of dirt in a crawlspace underneath a house in Ocilla. He then examines Tara’s emotional state in the days and weeks before her disappearance. Finally, Payne interviews former fire marshal Vernon Singley regarding a suspicious house fire on Snapdragon Road, at the one site where cadaver dogs had possibly identified Tara’s scent.
Take a deeper look at the evidence as experts discuss new developments in the case. In our first episode of Case Evidence, we recap some important information regarding the house fire on Snapdragon Road.
Payne interviews search dog owner Jim Hanley about the burned house on Snapdragon Road. Payne and Maurice discuss a black truck that was seen at and near Tara’s house around the time of her disappearance. Payne also addresses some false leads and hoaxes that have cropped up around this case, such as the so-called “Catch Me Killer.” Payne continues his attempts to verify Marcus Harper’s alibi.
Take a deeper look at the evidence as experts discuss new developments in the case. A forensic sketch artist for the GBI discusses the possibility of creating a composite nearly 11 years later.
Payne talks again with dog owner Jim Hanley about evidence he found at the Snapdragon Road house. He interviews GBI Agent Gary Rothwell about Heath Dykes’ trip to Tara’s house (at her mother’s request) and his numerous phone calls to her. Payne and his partner Donald Albright discuss the possible meaning of the blue latex glove, and Payne requests the 911 dispatch logs from October 22-23, 2005, as he continues to investigate Marcus Harper’s alibi. Lastly, Maurice tells Payne about another lead, a young man who died by suicide in 2010 and left a note saying he knew what had happened to Tara.
Payne dives into the circumstances surrounding the 2010 suicide of a former student of Tara’s, including a chat with Dusty Vassey, who knew the young man’s brother. Did he really know something about what happened to her, or was his behavior the result of a head injury sustained in a car accident? The nature of Tara’s relationship with Heath Dykes as well as Marcus Harper’s alibi are further discussed, including an examination of the 911 dispatch logs from the night of Tara’s disappearance.
We continue to investigate the behavior of the young man who died by suicide in 2010. Payne interviews the man’s brother as well as a clinical psychologist regarding his head injury and subsequent personality change. Payne checks in with his grandma’s friend Melba about who Tara might have visited the day of her disappearance. And he and Maurice Godwin discuss Joe Hilton’s claim that Marcus Harper spent part of that fateful weekend with him. Maurice also describes threats he received while investigating the case in Ocilla.
Payne and Maurice examine some emails sent by Tara in the weeks before she disappeared, focusing on her breakup with Marcus Harper and her emotional state of mind. Payne interviews Jim Hickey a friend of school superintendent Troy Davis who dated Tara a couple times and received a text from her the night she disappeared. We also take another look at that latex glove and whether it was blue or white, wondering if it could have been swapped out at any point in the investigation.
Payne addresses the issue of several people who were in or around Tara’s house before and during the initial police search, including a conversation with Tara’s friend Mandy, who saw some oddities in how the house was arranged. Law professor Colin Miller explains evidence authentication and chain of custody protocols. Payne pursues the mystery of the black truck and who might have driven it, and he talks to someone who saw the truck that weekend as a kid. Maurice and Payne also tell us about messages from a mysterious face Facebook account belonging to “George Harrison.”
Take a deeper look at the evidence as experts discuss new developments in the case. Today we have a special guest, the hosts of another investigative podcast called Accused. Amber and Amanda weigh in on Payne's investigation.
Payne and Maurice try to figure out who’s behind the “George Harrison” Facebook account, including a conversation for Troy Davis who was Facebook friends with him. A forensic psychology professor visits the podcast to discuss the history of murderers who have chosen to insert themselves into investigations of their own crimes. Finally, Payne and Donald visit a private investigator’s office in Atlanta and learn the identity of “George Harrison.”
Payne and Maurice think they’ve figured out how “George Harrison” (now identified as Jose) knew about the UAV podcast before it started. They later learn that the GBI interrogated and possibly harassed him after being tipped off by Maurice. Payne discusses how quickly news of Tara’s disappearance spread, to a local newspaper editor and even to cable TV host Nancy Grace, both of whom appear on the podcast. Former school superintendent Troy Davis describes Tara’s behavior at the BBQ and several phone calls she received that fateful evening.
Take a deeper look at the evidence as experts discuss new developments in the case. We go through old news transcripts to learn more about the weekend of October 22nd 2005. Maurice takes calls from the voicemail line.
This week we hosted our first ever live episode of UAV. We invited about 50 listeners (via out Twitter page) to join us in Atlanta to discuss the case. No topic was out of bounds. Stay tuned for our next live episode.
Rabia, Colin, and Susan bring you a special crossover episode where they discuss Time: The Kalief Browder Story, an upcoming docuseries about the story of Kalief Browder. The series chronicles the life of a 16 year-old student from the Bronx who spent three years on Rikers Island without ever being convicted of a crime. The Undisclosed team is joined by fellow podcasting hosts Brooke Gittings of Actual Innocence, Bob Ruff of Truth & Justice, and Payne Lindsey of Up & Vanished.
There will be a GBI press conference today at 3pm in Ocilla for the first time in 10 years. Payne will be there recording and will update the podcast feed with any new info.
Ryan Duke, former student at Irwin County High School, has been arrested for the 2005 murder of Tara Grinstead. More details coming in Episode 13 on 2/27!
Ryan Duke’s arrest is announced at a GBI press conference in Ocilla, and the UAV team scrambles to find out who in the world he is. Payne first hears about a pecan orchard on the way to Fitzgerald...
Immediately after Ryan Duke’s arrest, Payne and Maurice start hearing mentions of Bo Dukes as a likely accomplice. Payne reports the search of the pecan orchard, quickly followed by Bo’s arrest. Legal expert Phillip Holloway explains how gag orders work, and a former associate of Bo Dukes recalls partying in the pecan orchard years ago and that Ryan Duke might have driven a black pick-up truck...
Payne and Donald visit Tara’s house, meeting the current tenant and examining the yard where the latex glove was found. Then the Irwin County High School principal allows them to examine old yearbooks with photos of Tara, Ryan, and Bo. Payne learns more about Ryan Duke’s past legal troubles, his possible mental state, and his relationship with Bo Dukes. Forensic psychologist discusses the trope of quiet guys being crazy criminals, and Payne and Dusty Vassey discuss their emotions after the arrests. Payne addresses when exactly law enforcement was tipped to the pecan grove as a crime scene, and he examines a cryptic Facebook message from Ryan.
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Part 1 of 2: After 2 years investigating and bringing weekly updates on the disappearance of Tara Grinstead, Up and Vanished Season 1 is coming to a close. Payne Lindsey takes it back to the beginning, bringing the case full circle, and uncovers a new theory in the process.
Part 2 of 2: After 2 years investigating and bringing weekly updates on the disappearance of Tara Grinstead, Up and Vanished Season 1 is coming to a close. Payne Lindsey takes it back to the beginning, bringing the case full circle, and uncovers a new theory in the process.
On July 30th at Terminal West in Atlanta we gathered with a few hundred Up and Vanished supporters to listen to the Season finale live, followed by a Q&A. Check it out!
Up and Vanished and Murder on the Orient Express present a podcast exclusive, "Everyone Is a Suspect." True crime often inspires the most successful fictional crime stories. When told by a visionary novelist like Dame Agatha Christie, dubbed "The Queen of Crime," these fictional stories can become larger than life and even more compelling than truth. "Everyone Is a Suspect" dives deeper into both fact and fiction, taking a closer look at the “Crime of the Century," the 1932 Lindbergh Baby kidnapping, which, along with Christie’s own experiences as a passenger on the Orient express, inspired her to write the 1934 novel Murder on the Orient Express. In true Up and Vanished fashion, host Payne Lindsey will reexamine the Lindbergh kidnapping case, and even retrace Christie’s steps by embarking on his own trip aboard the Orient Express. In preparation for the November 10th premiere of Murder on the Orient Express, the podcast will also include interview episodes titled, "The Suspects.” Each episode will focus on the upcoming film, featuring a collection of cast interviews, discussing the MOTOE novel and film, the parallels between true crime and fiction, podcasting, and more. Mixed by: ResonateRecordings.com
Payne Lindsey talks True Crime with “The Suspects” in these exclusive interviews with the cast of Murder On the Orient Express. Mixed by ResonateRecordings.com
Payne Lindsey delves into the making of Murder On the Orient Express, discussing “behind the scenes” with the cast. Mixed by ResonateRecordings.com