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Officials continue homicide investigation of missing teacher

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    Bianca Richardson Tanner
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    Robert Lahser - rlahser@charlotteobserver.com
    Charlotte-Mecklenburg police Chief Rodney Monroe speaks at a press conference Thursday about the search for Bianca Richardson Tanner. Monroe said the search has been upgraded to a homicide investigation.
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    Davie Hinshaw - dhinshaw@charlotteobserver.com
    Charlotte-Mecklenburg police searched the Double Oaks Road area off Statesville Road Thursday afternoon for Bianca Tanner who was last seen in the area Sunday.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg police, as well as friends and family, continued Saturday to try to determine what happened to missing teacher Bianca Tanner.

Tanner, 31, was reported missing by her boyfriend last Sunday afternoon. Police upgraded the case to a homicide investigation on Thursday, but reported no new leads Saturday.

Cerise Richardson, Tanner’s sister, said friends and family members hung fliers in neighborhoods and passed them out to Charlotte residents on Saturday.

“We’ve been riding around all over town, hoping someone, from anywhere, may have seen her,” Richardson said.

Tanner moved from Greensboro to Charlotte last month after she had been hired by Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools’ Project LIFT, which seeks to improve educational opportunities for West Charlotte High and its eight feeder schools, a police report said.

CMPD investigators have searched homes, a car and a creek near uptown Charlotte and expanded the search as far as Virginia. Greensboro police are also helping with the investigation.

“We are still believing we’re going to bring her home,” Richardson said.

Anyone with information is asked to call 704-432-8477 or Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600.

Trenda: 704-358-5089; Twitter: @htrenda
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