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Missing teacher case now homicide investigation, search continues

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Dive teams search a pond in north Charlotte in connection to the missing person case of Bianca Tanner. Dive teams search a pond in north Charlotte in connection to the missing person case of Bianca Tanner.
CMPD Chief Rodney Monroe speaks to the media about the case on Thursday afternoon. (Dedrick Russell/WBTV) CMPD Chief Rodney Monroe speaks to the media about the case on Thursday afternoon. (Dedrick Russell/WBTV)
CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) -

Police in Charlotte say the case of a missing teacher who recently moved to the area from Greensboro is now a homicide investigation. Police need the public's help and are offering a $5,000 reward for information.

"I just don't want to sit on this one," Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department Chief Rodney Monroe said "Cause I just don't feel in talking to investigators involved - we just don't feel this is a simple missing person case."

Bianca Tanner, 31, was reported missing Sunday, June 8.

"We have interviewed several individuals known to Ms. Tanner," Monroe said. "Some have yielded information that has steered us more so in this particular direction as a homicide investigation. We have asked for the public's help, in helping to identify other individual that maybe known or associates of Ms. Tanner."

Police were out on Thursday morning searching for Tanner on the area of N. Graham Street just outside of Uptown Charlotte and along LaSalle Street.

A dive team with the Charlotte Fire Department searched creeks and ponds near the Brightwalk subdivision.

"We have a number of search warrants we will be executing today," the chief said. "And over the next couple of days - hopefully bring in additional information that will narrow the scope of where we are searching and who we will be focusing on."

Currently Tanner was a second-grade teacher at Reedy Fork Elementary school located in the Guilford County School district. She was a teacher there since 2006.

Police say they received a call about the teacher's disappearance Sunday afternoon. They say the 31-year-old was last seen wearing a red tank top, black shorts and black flat shoes.

Friends have created a flyer that reads police say the missing teacher could be in danger. Police told WBTV that they are using technology to locate Tanner's cell phone.

"I don't think any person can survive outside of 24 hours without utilization of their phone or trying to seek funds for travel," Monroe said.

Charlotte Mecklenburg school system confirms Tanner was at the Project Lift Office on Saturday applying for a job at one of the schools. We are told she was to come back Monday to finish up some paperwork, but never showed up.

Family and friends are worried. Her North Carolina A&T college friends are using social media to help find the teacher. One wrote please help us find a fellow Aggie, while another one wrote we are praying for a safe return. Neighbors are also concerned.

"We look out for each other here," Neighbor Joyce Fox said.  "So naturally when I hear someone is missing from this street, it's a very sad day."

Callers with any information can remain anonymous by calling Crimestoppers at (704)334-1600.

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