Tonight’s ‘Dateline’ digs deeper into the disappearance of a former Georgia beauty queen

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(NBC News) — Tonight on a new “Dateline,” when history teacher and former Georgia beauty queen Tara Grinstead vanishes, detectives begin an investigation that will span over a decade. Just when it seemed the mystery would never be solved, a twist changes everything.

Tonight’s episode, “The Disappearance of Tara Grinstead,” features new details and interviews with  Tara’s friend Maria Harber, Tara’s ex-boyfriend Marcus Harper, Tara’s former student Dana Wilder and more.

Here’s a preview of Andrea Canning’s report:

There are certain stories that capture the imagination — turn into obsession.  A missing woman — a former beauty queen.  Her name was Tara Grinstead.

It was a search that spanned more than a decade.

CHRISTY WHEELER: It’s a mind-bender. You’re going in all directions.

From national news to crazy online theories, even a true-crime podcast.

PAYNE LINDSEY:  Somewhere in this network of people was the answer. The deeper you dig in this case, the more weird stuff you’re gonna find.

Everyone was asking: Where was tara? Tonight we have new details, with the latest developments in the case.

PROSECUTOR: Who was it that you were told killed Tara Grinstead?

And crucial new evidence.

BO DUKES: We drove back into the back. And he showed me where her body was.

ASHLEIGH MERCHANT: There’s a lot of small-town gossip everybody has their theory.

WENDY MCFARLAND: I was absolutely shocked.

That’s tonight on “Dateline NBC” at 10 p.m. on NBC4, followed by NBC4 at 11.

About “Dateline”

“Dateline NBC” is the longest-running series in NBC primetime history and is in its 29th season. Dateline is anchored by Lester Holt and features correspondents Andrea Canning, Josh Mankiewicz, Keith Morrison and Dennis Murphy.

Dateline is the #1 Friday newsmagazine and reaches more than 17 million people every week through its broadcast, and millions more through its social media platforms and podcasts.

The stories range from compelling mysteries to powerful documentaries and in-depth investigations. When major news breaks, they go to the scene, putting the pieces together to bring the viewer the full picture. And in every story they tell, they help the real people who lived the events share their journeys with the viewer.

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