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Search for missing N.C. teacher now a homicide investigation

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Police have been looking for Bianca Richardson Tanner, 31, a teacher and mother who was reported missing last Sunday in Charlotte, N.C. And now, the search for this missing Guilford County teacher has been elevated by authorities to be a homicide investigation.

Fox News reported on June 12 that Tanner teaches second grade at Reedy Fork Elementary School in Greensboro and was in the process of moving to Charlotte from Greensboro. Tanner has a three-year-old son.

During the course of their investigation into the missing woman, police say that certain clues uncovered have prompted them to now pursue the missing person’s case as a homicide. At a news conference held today, police also said that elevating the case to a homicide will allow them to draw upon additional resources as they continue their investigation.

Tanner and her son had recently moved into her boyfriend’s apartment in Charlotte, according to WSOCTV. Sunday was the last time anyone saw her.

During today’s press conference, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Chief Rodney Monroe said that there are “indications there was argument between Tanner and boyfriend Saturday night into Sunday morning.” Monroe also said police have uncovered discrepancies in some of the stories from those that have been interviewed regarding Tanner’s disappearance.

A spokesperson for the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department said that a man who lives in Tanner’s apartment reported her missing around noon on Sunday. Monroe said that Tanner’s son is now with the boy’s biological father.

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

Neighbors report seeing Tanner and her son in the area of her apartment last Sunday; but no-one has seen her since. Neighbors also told reporters that police were on the scene searching Tanner’s apartment “from 11 p.m. Tuesday until 4 a.m. Wednesday” and that an older-model Ford Mustang was seen being towed from the vicinity of the apartment.

Police are seeking the public’s assistance in this case. A reward of $5,000 has been offered for any information on what happened to Tanner.

Tanner has been described by police as being 5 foot 3 inches tall, weighing 110 pounds and having brown hair and brown eyes. Tanner was last seen wearing a red tank top, black shorts and black flat shoes. Anyone that knows anything about this case is asked to call 911 immediately, or call Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600.