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Remains of missing Charlotte teacher, Garner native identified

Posted July 7, 2014
Updated July 8, 2014

Bianca Tanner

— Human remains found in a wooded area of southwest Charlotte last week have been identified as Bianca Tanner, according to a medical examiner.

Her boyfriend, Angelo Grayson Smith Jr., who has been charged with her murder, is being held in jail without bond after his first court appearance Monday.

Monday's court hearing lasted less than two minutes. Smith had little to say.

"No sir," Smith said when asked if he had any questions, according to news reports

Smith was initially identified as a person of interest in the case after he told authorities 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 recently extradited to Charlotte from Chicago, where U.S. marshals arrested him 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.

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 Tanner's remains.

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

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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  • landonsgrampa Jul 8, 2014

    Why does it seem like the good ones, those who really make a difference, why do they get taken so soon?

  • 678devilish Jul 8, 2014

    So very sad. But the thing about it all, the 3 three year old son will grow up not even remembering his mother. I pray he will be raise in the right home and loved. I pray that he will grow up to be a fine young man, his mother would have been proud of. Continue to pray for the three year old, and the person/family taking care of, and raising him.