Grinstead loved to sing, and her looks and talent helped her to walk away with the crown. After that, she traveled to the Miss Georgia pageant to compete at state level. But Grinstead wasn’t just a pretty face – she also went on to study for her master’s degree at Valdosta State University, graduating in 2003.
In October 2005, Grinstead was still teaching as well as working part time as an administrator at Irwin County Middle School. Impressively, she remained involved in the pageant world, coaching contestants and helping them with their make-up and hair.
On October 22, 2005, Grinstead appeared to enjoy a normal, pleasant evening. She attended a local beauty pageant then joined friends at a cookout. However, two days later, she failed to turn up for work. Worried that something was wrong, her co-workers notified the authorities.