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Man Indicted on Murder Charge in Case of Missing Teacher

Ryan Alexander Dukes
Posted at 3:53 PM, Apr 12, 2017
and last updated 2017-04-12 15:53:00-04

OCILLA, Ga. (AP) - A south Georgia prosecutor says a grand jury has charged a man with killing a teacher and former beauty queen who vanished nearly 12 years ago.

Tifton Judicial Circuit District Attorney Paul Bowden says a grand jury on Wednesday indicted Ryan Alexander Duke on charges including murder and concealing a death.

Authorities in February announced Duke's arrest. He was a former student at the school where Tara Grinstead taught before she disappeared in October 2005.

A public defender who has represented Duke didn't immediately respond to a phone message and email seeking comment on the indictment.

Another man, Bo Dukes, was charged in March with concealing a death, evidence tampering and hindering the apprehension of a criminal in the case. Bowden said Dukes has not been indicted.

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