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Missing teacher's boyfriend charged after body found

Posted July 3, 2014
Updated July 4, 2014

Bianca Tanner

— Charlotte-Mecklenburg police said Thursday they have found a body they believe is that of missing 31-year-old teacher Bianca Tanner, who grew up in Garner.

Her boyfriend, Angelo Grayson Smith Jr., has been charged with murder. He was initially identified as a person of interest in the case after he told authorities that a drunken Tanner left their home following an argument and never returned. She was last seen June 8.

According to search warrants, police found evidence of blood in the home, and Tanner's son told detectives that Smith "hurt mommy in the face."

Smith was extradited to Charlotte Tuesday from Chicago, where U.S. marshals arrested him last week on a charge of contributing to the delinquency of a juvenile. The charge involves Tanner's 3-year-old son, although details of the allegation are unclear.

Smith was released on bond and re-arrested Thursday morning.

Police detectives, firefighters and K-9 units conducted a search early Thursday in the 10400 block of Calico Crossing Lane in Charlotte, where they discovered the remains. The medical examiner will confirm the victim’s identity and determine the cause of death.

Police said they determined the search location based on information gathered during the investigation.

Court records show Smith has a history of domestic violence, including restraining orders from two women.

Tanner grew up in Garner and lived in Greensboro before moving to Charlotte, where she was hired to work on a special project to improve educational opportunities for eight schools.


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  • 678devilish Jul 3, 2014

    His past criminal behavior is speaking loud and clear. He will not get away with this murder. Then all the ladies involved can breathe a sign of relief knowing he will be lock up forever.

  • 678devilish Jul 3, 2014

    If he as so innocent, then why in the world did he run to Chicago? Because he is GUILTY! GUILTY! GUILTY! May the courts, judge and jury see that.

  • 678devilish Jul 3, 2014

    If he is guilty, he won't get what he deserves.

    Excuse me. He certainly will. He murdered this young lady. Life in prison will be justice.

  • 678devilish Jul 3, 2014

    Thank you Lord. This man should have been arrested the very first day this young lady went missing. The 3 year son told the absolute truth in what he heard and saw. Keep him lock up, no bond until trial. May the jury convict him for murder and send him to prison for life and no parole. She deserves justice. He needs to tell where her body is hidden.

  • Lamborghini Mercy Jul 3, 2014

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    And women need to learn how to pull the trigger if necessary. He had a history of abuse according to his ex. girlfriends.

  • Forthe Newssite Jul 3, 2014
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    THANK YOU for replying to that in a manner I was unable to.....I'm ~99% certain he's guilty-past behavior is a really good indicator. AND WHY did he have the child if he thought she was still alive?

  • Salatheal Hasty Jul 3, 2014
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    It's sad to say but what MOST people thought is TRUE...Just saw where they have confirmed that the body is Miss Tanner....#RIP

  • JAT Jul 3, 2014

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    I do find it odd that he wasn't given to Tanner's mom since the kid was not his. Never seen them leave a kid with a non-parent or family member.

    However, the kid was probably treated well. She hadn't been seeing this guy too long, I don't think.

  • Moonlight Jul 3, 2014

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    Angelo is not the child's father. The child was with Bianca and they moved in with Angelo. The child was not "still living" with him...he has been with his biological father since Bianca has been "missing".

  • 50s Child Jul 3, 2014

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    Parents must override everything society says and teach their sons and daughters that "gittin you a man" is not the measure of a happy or successful life. Never are boys taught that they're failures if they don't have "a relationship." Girls are taught that no matter what else they do in their lives, they're pathetic jokes if they don't have "a relationship". And children. That is why you see so many single "moms"...shall we say..."consorting" with bad men.