In the initial search of Tara’s house, investigators found beads from a broken necklace. When Dr. Godwin searched Tara’s house he found the clasp of the necklace, which appeared to have been broken by force.
A white latex glove was found on the street near Tara’s house by a neighbor walking his dog. It is unknown if this was the pair to the glove that was found on Tara’s lawn.
On November 8, 2005, an unknown man reported a house fire right outside of Ocilla. A black SUV parked behind the house was also destroyed by the fire. The investigators could not find the cause of the fire due to the damage. An accelerant detection canine found accelerant next to the black SUV parked in the driveway, but it was assumed to be part of the vehicle’s gas line. When cadaver dogs came to the house they hit on the front of the house, but the investigators determined that they hit on a septic line, not a body.
Tara emailed Marcus Harper’s mother asking about why he broke up with her and sharing how depressed she was. She ended her email with a couple obscure phrases, saying, “just to remind Marcus what I said about something happening to me or even him. He leaves it as this and something may happen to me.”
Dr. Godwin found a dusty box full of Tara’s letters under her bed. These were never collected by the GBI.