CHARLOTTE, N.C. — New details have been released in the search for missing Guilford County Schools teacher Bianca Tanner.
Police elevated the case to a homicide investigation on Thursday.
Tanner disappeared on June 7. She was last seen in Charlotte, where she was preparing to move to take a job with Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools.
New search warrants released Monday detail what police found when they were called to Tanner’s boyfriend’s apartment on Druid Circle in response to a missing persons call.
Police said Tanner’s boyfriend, Angelo Smith, reported her missing on June 8. Smith told police the two got into an argument over a text message, the warrant states.
In the warrant, Smith said Tanner left the apartment intoxicated carrying a bag with her. Tanner has not been seen since.
During the investigation, detectives talked to several family members of Tanner, including her 3-year-old son.
Tanner’s son told police, “Mommy got a spanking with the belt. Angelo kicked mommy’s butt and made her cry.” The boy also told police that “Angelo is mean to mommy and hurt mommy in the face.”
The search warrant states police are looking for a belt/paddle, cellphones, clothes worn by Tanner during the alleged assault, evidence of blood, hairs and other bodily fluids.
Investigators said Smith had an outstanding warrant for domestic battery out of Arkansas. In that case, Smith’s girlfriend at the time reported to police that he “threw her onto the bed and covered her face, both mouth and nose, with his hand, smothering her,” the warrant states.
Tanner’s ex-husband, with whom she shares a joint bank account, said there has been no bank activity on the debit card that is linked to their account, police said.