Police search missing Guilford County teacher’s apartment


Bianca Tanner

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Police searched the apartment of a missing Guilford County teacher who recently moved to Charlotte, but it doesn’t appear they found any answers.

WCNC reported that that Charlotte-Mecklenburg police searched Bianca Richardson Tanner’s apartment on Druid Circle Friday morning. She recently moved there with her boyfriend.

It’s been about a week since anyone has seen or heard from Tanner. Authorities are calling the case a homicide investigation.

Neighbors said police and K-9’s searched the backyard and woods behind the house. Police said Tanner’s boyfriend reported her missing Sunday after the couple argued.

Police said there’s been no activity on Tanner’s cell phone or bank accounts. Family members remain hopeful she’s still alive.

Police said Tanner, 31, recently moved to Charlotte and got a teaching positing with Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools and Project L.I.F.T. She had been a teacher at Reedy Fork Elementary in Greensboro.

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

“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.

Elevating 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.”

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

Police said Tanner’s 3-year-old son is with his biological father.

Tanner 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.

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.

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.

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