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July 2, 2008 Wednesday

Tara Grinstead Case

BYLINE: Greta Van Susteren

GUESTS: Gary Rothwell


LENGTH: 1237 words

GRETA VAN SUSTEREN, HOST: This is what we know. Tara Grinstead was last seen at a party in Ocilla, Georgia, the night of October 22, 2005. Tara failed to show up at work 36 hours later.

So coworkers called police. At Tara's house, police find her cell phone her purse and keys are gone, and her car outside unlocked. The all find a latex glove in Grinstead's yard. But Tara Grinstead is missing.

EXCERPT: VAN SUSTEREN: For nearly three years the case has been called.

Tonight, police say they have another important piece of evidence found in Tara's front yard. Joining us on the phone is Gary Rothwell, special agent in charge with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation.

Welcome agent, and the evidence is from that glove, is that right, sir?


VAN SUSTEREN: What hasn't been released to the public about that latex glove?

ROTHWELL: The GBI crime lab was able to find physical evidence off the glove which we believe will assist us in resolving Tara's disappearance.

VAN SUSTEREN: When you say physical evidence, the first thing I think of is fingerprints, and also DNA. Is that what you found on that glove?

ROTHWELL: We found both.

VAN SUSTEREN: I take it that you found that within a short time after you recovered the glove.

ROTHWELL: That's correct, within about ten days.

VAN SUSTEREN: And you ran the DNA and the fingerprint through a database?

ROTHWELL: Yes. The DNA has been entered into the available databases. The fingerprint will have to be manually compared.

VAN SUSTEREN: Have you gone through all of family members and friends as well? Have they voluntarily come in and given DNA so you could do an analysis?

ROTHWELL: We received information from everyone.

VAN SUSTEREN: Is there anyone who failed to cooperate?

ROTHWELL: No. We have received cooperation from virtually everyone.

VAN SUSTEREN: Is there any way that you can be certain that this glove is even related to her disappearance?

ROTHWELL: Circumstances that are evident to us make it clear that that glove will solve this case, that the glove was definitely associated with her disappearance, more than just appearing on the lawn.

VAN SUSTEREN: Could it be that somebody hid his or her fingerprints?

ROTHWELL: Great, I cannot get into the specific evidence but we do have a DNA profile that we are trying to match that we believe will solve this case.

Some people may have thought we did not have anything to go on and, consequently, failed to come forward. We are hoping that the release of this new information will change their mind.

VAN SUSTEREN: Agent, in describing this case, I called it a "cold case." Is this being actively worked on?

ROTHWELL: This is far from being a cold case. We have information that comes in on a daily basis, and we act on it. That information so far has not really been linear, has not lead us in a specific direction, and that is one reason we hope that the release of the DNA evidence will lead to some additional facts which might resolve the case.

VAN SUSTEREN: And, of course, we put her picture on the screen as well. If anyone has any information, call the Georgia Bureau of Investigation. They want to solve this one. Thank you, sir.

ROTHWELL: Thank you.