Missing teacher's boyfriend charged after body found
Posted July 3, 2014
Updated July 4, 2014
Charlotte, N.C. — 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.