Houston & Peach

Man linked to Grinstead killing sought by Warner Robins police in rape case

Bo Dukes
Bo Dukes

A man charged in the Tara Grinstead case is now wanted by Warner Robins police on rape and related charges involving two women.

Police are seeking the public’s help in locating 34-year-old Bo Dukes.

He’s wanted on charges of rape, aggravated sodomy, false imprisonment and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon in a 5:45 p.m. incident Tuesday at a home in the 300 block of Charlestown Way, according to a Warner Robins police news release.

Dukes also is accused of helping accused killer Ryan Duke burn the body of Grinstead, their former County High School history teacher, at Dukes’ uncle’s pecan orchard on the outskirts of Fitzgerald sometime between Oct. 23 and Oct. 28, 2005.

Dukes is charged in Ben Hill County with concealing a death, hindering the apprehension or punishment of a criminal and tampering with evidence. J.T. Ricketson, head of the GBI’s Perry office, confirmed via a text that the man wanted by Warner Robins police is the same Dukes charged in Ben Hill County.

Dukes was last seen leaving the Warner Robins residence Tuesday in a 2013 White Kia Sorento tag number PFP1116. He was wearing a red shirt and blue jeans.

“At this time, officers believe Dukes brought two women to his home under threat of physical violence and with a firearm in hand committed the offenses listed above,” the release said. “Dukes has made suicidal threats. He’s known to drink heavily and has a history of cocaine use.”

Anyone with information on his whereabouts should contact Warner Robins police Detective Del Giorno at 478-302-5380, or Macon Regional Crimestoppers at 1-877-68CRIME.

Telegraph archives were used in this report.

A sexual assault evidence kit contains forensic evidence gathered from a victim's body during an intrusive, hours-long examination. Testing kits can find DNA evidence used to identify rapists, boost prosecutions or exonerate the falsely accused.

Becky Purser covers breaking and Houston County news. She previously covered crime and courts for Houston and Peach counties for The Telegraph. A graduate of the University of Tennessee-Knoxville with a bachelor’s degree in communications/news-editorial sequence, Becky also has covered city and county government for Georgia, Tennessee and Virginia newspapers.
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