Search for missing Guilford Co. teacher now a homicide investigation

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teacherCHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The search for a missing Guilford County teacher in Charlotte is now a homicide investigation, police confirmed on Thursday.

Police in Charlotte are actively searching for Bianca Richardson Tanner, the 31-year-old Guilford County Schools teacher who went missing on Sunday.

Tanner was moving to Charlotte from Greensboro. She is a second-grade teacher at Reedy Fork Elementary School.

Police said clues have led them to begin a homicide investigation.

"Of course as each day goes by and she hasn't returned I’m worried," said Cerise Richardson, Bianca's older sister. "Is she ok? Is she scared? Is she hurt? Just all types of things run through your mind when it’s someone you love."

"It's unfortunate that we have to draw the conclusion at this point... based on our concerns, we have elevated it to a homicide investigation," Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Chief Rodney Monroe said on Thursday.

biancaElevating the case to a homicide investigation will result in additional resources being added to the investigation, police said in a news conference on Thursday.

"We have interviewed several individuals known to Ms. Tanner," Monroe said. "Some have yielded information that steered us into the direction of a homicide investigation."

There is no record of Tanner using her debit card or cell phone after she was reported missing.

Monroe said there are indications there was an argument between Tanner and her boyfriend Saturday night and Sunday morning.

"We employ the public's help to help provide any pieces of information that they deem may be relevant to this case," Monroe said.

Monroe said there are some inconsistencies in stories surrounding the case.

"Her vehicle never left the scene, so we don't believe she had any mode of transportation that could have taken her away from the area," Monroe said.

Tanner's 3-year-old son is with his biological father, police said.

"Her son misses her so much. Everyday he’s just been asking for mommy he wants his mommy back and so does everybody else," Richardson said.

A $5,000 reward is also being offered for information about Tanner's whereabouts. Callers can remain anonymous by calling Crimestoppers at (704)334-1600.

Police were out on Thursday searching for Tanner on the area of N. Graham Street just outside of Uptown Charlotte and along LaSalle Street.

rfTanner was hired by Guilford County Schools in 2004 as a substitute teacher. She was hired as a full-time teacher in 2006.

Tanner had a substitute in her class on Monday and Tuesday.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools confirmed Tanner was at the Project Lift Office on Saturday applying for a job. She was to come back Monday to finish up some paperwork but never showed up.

Tanner is described as a black woman, 5’3″, 110 pounds with brown hair and brown eyes. She was last seen Saturday on Druid Circle wearing a red tank top, black shorts and black flats.

Anyone with any information regarding the whereabouts of Tanner is asked to contact Detective Faulkner at 704-336-8970 or call 911.


  • krista

    So sad. I am praying this turns out differently than anticipated. What is most devastating is that she leaves behind a 3-year-old child. Just heartbreaking. All of this crime breaks my heart.

  • Charley

    I got an alert that this was now a homicide investigation…but I’m not reading anything about a body being found or anything… I’m praying for her & her family. :./

  • Tracyjo242

    so sad she was so young and beautiful.This mess has to stop..My prayers and deepest Condolences to the family.. It’s to hear it,but them knowing they are leaving behind small kids that needs them.Lord how mercy help these people..please take there hands and lead then in a better path.In Jesus name amen.

  • pattym

    Prayers for this beautiful mommy and her family. This is so sad, people are just plain evil and cold hearted anymore, they need to be put away FOREVER when caught…no appeals , no nothing!!!

  • sophie

    I wonder if the unidentified female body found in McLeansville is related to this story? Sure hope this teacher is found alive, safe and sound.

    • sweething

      woman’s body was found along AT&T Drive in the McLeansville area of Guilford County on Thursday morning, Officials said the investigation is not related to the case of the missing Guilford Co. teacher.

  • sweething

    woman’s body was found along AT&T Drive in the McLeansville area of Guilford County on Thursday morning, Officials said the investigation is not related to the case of the missing Guilford Co. teacher.

  • sinner 3

    Just because Iam usually right in regard to these cases ,does not mean that I enjoy it !! Told you people from the outset this was a killing flat out !! Hope for the best prepare for the worst !

  • FaithC

    So sorry to read this. I was hoping they would find her alive. Thoughts out the that poor child who will grow up without his mother.

  • Teacher Preacher

    aw so sad and I was not wanting to see but afraid it is true homiside, lived in Charlotte nc during busing and no sitiuations worse by now!!! GOD BLESS HER SOUL!!! HOPE THEY FIND THE DICKHEAD!!! I Read her she only wanted to teach!!!

  • Teacher Preacher

    Sucha low amount for some love one wish I could ad to cash reward then somebody be talkin!!!!!!!

  • Vicky Bandy

    Elevating the case to a homicide investigation will result in additional resources being added to the investigation? You would think there would be more while there were beliefs that she was still alive!

  • Missing Bianca

    Bianca has not been found yet! She at this point is still very much alive and please don’t speak of her as if she is deceased it is not fair to her, to her son and other members of her family, or her friends. The police have only moved this case to the homicide investigation level to further the resources available to them which I hope includes dogs.
    My husband and I don’t have a facebook account or any other social media account because we believe it would be detrimental to our 22 year old marriage. With that said, I could not help but to express my feelings about Bianca so I made up this account to be able to do so. My hopes are that you will be able to get my message circulated to the public for me. I may actually post it myself to at least one News Channel website where I seen some unsavory comments about this beautiful young lady. Ignorance is inexcusable. I don’t know you guys but I do know the best person that I have been blessed enough to meet in this world and her name is Ms. Bianca Richardson (Tanner). A mother, daughter, sister, niece, cousin, ex-wife, girlfriend, teacher, and a true friend. My family and I love her so much. She taught my eldest daughter at Reedy Fork what seems like only a couple of years ago. I know I don’t have to tell you this because you were close to her as well, this is mainly for those who have not been fortunate enough to meet her and to those who make uneducated comments about her in response to the news reports on the web.
    Ms. Richardson (Tanner) has so many wonderful attributes I really don’t know where to start. I guess I would start with the first thing I thought when I first saw her, and I am a straight female, wow what a beautiful woman. I told her that she had chosen the wrong profession, as she listened to me explain to her why I thought she should be a model she laughed. I was quick to let her know that I was completely serious which, of course, she humbly thanked me for. But I soon came to realize not only is she beautiful on the outside but on the inside as well. She genuinely cares so much about each and every student that not only is assigned to her but attends that school. There are so many times that I have witnessed students running up to her at lunch from every grade level grabbing, yanking, pulling and tugging on her just to get a hug and she never once seemed annoyed or bothered in any way at all. She would just smile, say hello to them, ask how they were doing and hug them really tight before she had to send them on their way. My daughter was thankfully one of those students who were fortunate enough to be with her in her class every school day one school year. As that school year went along when my daughter would come home it would be Ms. Richardson (she wasn’t married yet then) done this with us today, or guess what Ms. Richardson taught us today. But then this one day my daughter came up to me after school and said guess what Ms. Richardson gave to us today and she handed me an invitation to Ms. Richardson’s wedding. I knew then this was a teacher that not only cared about her students, she loved them, which is why I came to love her. We did attend her wedding which was lovely. My family and I were treated like family by everyone there so it is easy to see where she received her values. When her son was born (by the way, he is as handsome as she is beautiful, naturally) she was elated, the decision to return back to work was hard for her but she did it. She had said it was only because she loved teaching so much and knowing that he was being well cared for that she was able to return. I hold every teacher that my children are assigned to now and will be in the future to the “Ms. Richardson standard”. And I can honestly say no one has been able to fill her shoes and I doubt wholeheartedly that anyone ever will!!! She is one of a kind and God blesses us all with her presence in our lives. I apologize that this is so lengthy I only meant to let those that did not personally know her know what type of person she is and why she is loved so much!! Please God speedily bring her back to her son and to us all!!!! I will be praying for this each and every day until she is back where she belongs!!! Lastly, for the person or persons that are responsible for her disappearance by my being a Godly woman I can not say the things that my heart and tongue yearn for me to utter. Therefore, please know that our Almighty God will recompense and will always have the last word: Proverbs 11:19, 11:31, 14:17, 15:3, 16:4, 16:25, 19:9, 24:20, 26:10, 26:26, Ezekiel 7:8 & 7:9, Obadiah 1:15, & St. Mark 4:22. However, our God is magnificent and he does give transgressors a way out: Proverbs 28:13 I do hope you choose this path not only for your sake(s) but for Bianca’s son, family and friends!! Give Bianca back, we love her and we want her back where she belongs!!

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