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Report: Missing Charlotte teacher's boyfriend 'misleading investigators'

Posted July 1, 2014
Updated July 2, 2014

Bianca Tanner

— The boyfriend of a Charlotte teacher who's been missing for more than three weeks has been misleading investigators, Charlotte TV station WBTV reported Tuesday.

The CBS affiliate quoted Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Chief Rodney Monroe as saying investigators have interviewed Angelo Grayson Smith Jr. for more than six hours as part of their investigation into the whereabouts of Bianca Tanner.

Smith, whom authorities say reported the 31-year-old mother missing on June 8, is considered a person of interest in the case, which is being treated as a homicide.

WBTV did not elaborate further on Monroe's statement regarding Smith's interview with detectives.

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.

Authorities have said Smith reported to police that a drunken Tanner left their home with a bag following an argument and never returned.

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."

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.

A $5,000 reward is being offered for information that helps investigators solve the case.


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  • dollibug Jul 3, 2014


    Just wanting to say the *Constitution* provides lots of *rights for citizens*.....BUT not everyone has to follow or uphold them. In NC there are a lot of people who are *suppose to uphold and follow them* who do just the opposite. There are *innocent people who get indicted, tried and charged all the time for crimes that they are NOT guilty of*. Being accused of something that you know you did NOT do is a common thing these days. There is a NC LAW which allows anyone to walk into a NC Magistrates Office and accuse someone of a crime and they can have a warrant taken out for just about any crime. The sad thing is that they do NOT have to provide any evidence or proof that a crime was even committed. People who are use to doing this and good at lying can turn a person's life upside down. The sad thing is they can do this and nothing is done to them for taking out the false charges. Yes, believe this or NOT. It happens more than you think.

  • lewiskr45 Jul 2, 2014

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    You sure aren't treating him innocent. And yes, there is concrete evidence in homicide cases all the time. I'm not saying he didn't do it, but so far there is nothing showing us that he did. And that whole "innocent until guilty, whatever that means" thing, it's in the Constitution, look it up. How would you like it if someone was accusing you of something you know you didn't do?

  • didisaythat Jul 2, 2014

    We got one talking about concrete evidence and innocent until proven guilty. I bet you think Peterson and young and cooper are innocent also because there was no "concrete" evidence. There is never concrete evidence. The people on WRAL do not need evidence to know what happened. I know he did it and guess what he is still be treated innocent until guilty, whatever that means.

  • sjb2k1 Jul 2, 2014

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    Or it's a good story to teach men to address their anger issues and that violence is never okay.

  • lewiskr45 Jul 2, 2014

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    Innocent until proven guilty. Seems like you have some concrete evidence to show that. If not, he is afforded the same rights in the case as you or I.

  • 678devilish Jul 2, 2014

    Remember all the son had to say about this. He was only 3 years old. I am paying attention to all he has to say. This man killed his mother and the 3 year old told what he saw and heard.

  • 678devilish Jul 2, 2014

    I wish he would confess and tell where he put her body. He family, especially her son deserves that much. But they should keep him locked up, feed him bread and water, talk to him strongly until the bird sings.

  • Lightfoot3 Jul 2, 2014

    I wonder what it would take to get him to sing like a bird?

  • 678devilish Jul 2, 2014

    This is a good story to teach young ladies to be very wise in choosing the right man to enter into their life. This man meant nothing to her from day one. To bad she did not see that ...until it was too late.

  • 678devilish Jul 2, 2014

    Boyfriend is misleading investigators because he knows that he killed her and hid/or buried her body. But the truth will previal. I hope its soon. Prayers are still with the family and friends.