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Debora G. Moody Disappeared From Her Long County Mobile Home In The Winter of 2007

debora-gail-moodyClassified: Missing
Full Name: Debora Gail DeLoach Moody
Missing From: Ludowici, Long County, Georgia
Birthdate: April 22,1965
Missing Date: Tue, 12/04/2007
Age Then: 42
Age Now: 47
Race: White
Sex: Female
Weight: 116
Height: 5′ 6″
Hair: Brown
Eyes: Brown
Scars/Marks: Has a scar on her right leg extending from her right ankle to her knee, and a surgical scar on her neck due to neck surgery a couple of months prior to her disappearance
Other: Debora wears prescription glasses


Debora Moody has been missing for over five years. She was last seen at her mobile home on Smiley Street off of Highway 196 in Ludowici on the evening of December 4, 2007.

Debora was an employee at C & S Construction and was working on the morning she went missing. Later that day at approximately 3:45PM she went to visit a friend at Fort Stewart in Hinesville, GA and after that she went to pick-up another friend in Liberty County and the two went back to Debora’s home.

According to the friend, Debora was acting normal and nothing seemed amiss. She stayed at her home for roughly 2 hours before heading home. Shortly after, Debora seemingly vanished.

Less than a week later, on December 10, 2007, after failing to get in touch with her, a relative contacted Long County Sheriff’s Office and filed a missing persons report.

When police searched her home they found her purse in her house, her car sitting in the driveway and her dog on a leash in the front yard. There was no indication of foul play. Surprisingly, she didn’t take her purse and her dog in the front yard indicated she was planning to come back soon.

Family members including Debora’s parents and (grown) son lived in Florida not too far from the Georgia Border. They spent alot of time in Georgia assisting in the investigation and searching. They claim she was in the process of a divorce and described her as an independent woman who enjoyed the country life. They say it is very uncharacteristic of her to leave without warning and believe something happened to her.

Due to the lack of evidence her case is being listed as a missing person rather than a crime.

Some reports spell her first name as “Deborah” however, Georgia Bureau of Investigation spells her name as “Debora”. According to the GBOI website, she could be going by her middle name, Gail.

Her case is listed on America’s Most Wanted with the latest airing on February 23, 2008. Her episode is posted on AMW but is currently unavailable.

She will be turning 48 in several weeks.


If you have any information regarding this case you’re asked to please contact:
Long County Sheriff’s Office 
Long County Sheriff’s Office – Captian Nickey Anderson (912) 545-2118 E-Mail:
Georgia Bureau of Investigation Kingsland Office

The Disappearance Of A Popular Teacher And Former Beauty Queen In

Tara Grinstead’s case featured on TV-Show ‘Disappeared’ – (S02 – E02 – Part 1/4)  – 

10/30/12 IRWIN COUNTY, GEORGIA — Tara Grinstead (born November 14, 1974) was two weeks shy of her 31st birthday. The high school history teacher who lived in Ocilla, GA went missing on October 22, 2005. She has not been found dead or alive. Neither police nor the Georgia Bureau of Investigation ever identified any suspects.

A native of Hawkinsville, Georgia, Miss Grinstead was a former beauty pageant queen. In 1999 she won the title of Miss Tifton and competed in the Miss Georgia pageant. Money from pageant winnings helped her to attend college and get her teaching degree. She then dedicated her life to teaching dozens of students. According to those who knew her, she was not only beautiful an intelligent but she was a genuinely kind person who volunteered for many different activities/charities.

On Friday (night) October 21, 2005 Tara went to watch a beauty-pageant, as a former beauty-queen she had a love for pageants and in 2005 she coached beauty-contestants. After the pageant she went to a barbecue then went home. Nothing was amiss and she was in good spirits. The next day, on October 22, 2005 she was spotted at her house. This would be the last time she was ever seen or heard from.

Tara Grinstead's house, front view

Small photo of Miss Grinstead’s house.

On October 22, 2005 Miss Grinstead was seen at her Irwin County home. That would be the last time she would be seen or heard from. On October 24, 2005 concerned co-workers called Ocilla police-department and on Monday at approximately 9:00am, a missing persons report was filed. OPD went to the home where Grinstead lived alone with her dog. After knocking fell on deaf ears they went in to search. They found her cell phone inside the house. Her car was outside, unlocked. Her purse and keys were gone and so was Tara Grinstead.

According to the missing woman’s sister, Anita Gattis, a neighbor had told her that a suspicious man was at her house the night she disappeared. The neighbor said the man’s black truck was parked shortly after she was last seen.

Her case went national and many people jumped in to help get the word out on the vivacious, respectful, kind woman. Many passed out missing person flyer’s. You couldn’t walk one block in Irwin County without seeing the missing face and description of Miss Grinstead. No-one could ignore the brunette beauty who dedicated her life to teaching dozens of students. There were many efforts to raise money and a reward of 200,000 was set-up for anyone with any information on Tara’s whereabouts but nothing ever came out of it.

Two weeks after the disappearance on Monday, November 14, 2005 nearly 200 of her friends and family gathered outside the missing woman’s home to hold a candlelight vigil and celebrate her 31st birthday. Despite nearly a month without any word from Grinstead, her family remains hopeful that they would see their loved one again.

Around the same time Miss Grinstead’s birthday vigil was going on, AMW was airing her story on TV. The episode brought in many tips but again nothing every came out of it. The episode was aired again to no avail.

Bobby Conner, the Irwin County High School principal Irwin County High School principal was quoted by the Atlanta Journal and Constitution as saying: 

“We’re a small community and this has really touched home because it is something you read about happening elsewhere. This is someone with a tremendous, magnetic personality, and the kids just love her.”

Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) had found DNA on a latex glove in Miss Grinstead’s yard. They believe the person whose DNA was on the glove could hold the main key into solving this case and although they could not identify the potential suspect. GBI did say however, that the DNA belongs to a male. The DNA has been compared to dozens of male who knew Miss Grinstead or who were associated with her in some way. None of them matched. The DNA has also been entered into Georgia and national databases but still no matches.

As of October, 2012, Seven years after Tara Grinstead’s disappearance, Both Ocilla Police and GBI say this case is not considered a ”cold case” and is still very active. Adding that leads still come in on a weekly basis.

For a more detailed story on Tara Grinstead’s life and disappearance, please click: The Mysterious Disappearance Of Tara Grinstead – Crime Library

A website was created ( titled ” TARA GRINSTEAD OFFICIAL SITE ” —— As well as another website titled ( ”  Help Us Find Tara Grinstead ”

A Facebook group titled ” 5 Years Later: What Happened to Tara Grinstead? ” has over 2,200 ”likes”

If you have any information regarding Tara Grinstead please contact: Ocilla Police Department – (478)987-4545

You can also leave (anonymous) tips by calling:

Georgia Bureau of Investigation – Agent Dominic Turner at (229) 468-7494 or (229) 468-TIPS.