CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Desperate for answers, police, friends and family went door to door Sunday looking for any clues that could lead them to a missing Guilford County teacher who recently moved to Charlotte.
“What I would really like is for my daughter just to come home,” said Bianca Richardson Tanner’s father Rodney Closs, according to WSOC-TV.
That’s why his family has been handing out fliers to every neighbor near Druid Circle in Charlotte — the last place the 31-year-old teacher was seen.
Tanner has been missing since June 8 and police are calling it a homicide investigation. But her sister Cerise Richardson hasn’t given up hope that Tanner will be found alive and well.
“It’s been a very difficult time, just not knowing where she’s at or if she’s OK,” Cerise Richardson said. “But we have been coming together and standing by our belief… that God is going to bring her home.”
The teacher recently moved from Greensboro. She’s the mother to a young son. Police said Tanner’s 3-year-old son is with his biological father.
“And it’s just… tearing us apart that he’s crying his self to sleep every night,” Richardson said. “He wants his mommy. So, it’s very important that we get her home.”
There is no record of Tanner using her debit card or cell phone after she was reported missing.
Authorities said there are indications there was an argument between Tanner and her boyfriend Saturday night and Sunday morning.
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.
Tanner had been a second-grade teacher at Reedy Fork Elementary in Greensboro. She was hired by Guilford County Schools in 2004 as a substitute teacher. She was hired as a full-time teacher in 2006.