Search continues for Tara Grinstead's remains, 'gag' order stays in place

FITZGERALD, Ga -- On Wednesday, GBI investigators and officials from several other law enforcement agencies entered into day two of their search for the remains of Tara Grinstead, a former school teacher and pageant queen who went missing from her home in October 2005.

This comes just days after an arrest was made in the nearly 12-year old unsolved cold case. On Tuesday, officials held a press conference announcing that through interviews during their investigation they have identified a property in Fitzgerald where they believe Grinstead's remains may be located.

Following the Georgia Bureau of Investigation's most recent search, Superior Court Judge Melanie Cross of the Tifton Judicial Circuit, which includes Irwin County put a "gag" order in place.

The order, signed by the judge, now prohibits law enforcement and attorney's involved in the case from discussing any details with the public.

In the order, the Judge Cross states she put the order in place to protect the murder suspect's Sixth Amendment right, to a fair trial by a jury.

“Because this case is high profile and has generated extensive media coverage, and because the Defendant’s sixth amendment right to a fair trial may be prejudiced by extra-judicial statements, the Court has considered and weighed the issue and hereby finds that there is a reasonable likelihood the Defendant’s sixth amendment right to a fair trial by an impartial jury may be prejudiced by extra judicial statements,” Cross wrote in the order.

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