Police: Remains ID'd as missing teacher Bianca Tanner

07/07/2014 4:37 PM

07/08/2014 8:31 AM

The Mecklenburg County Medical Examiner’s Office has identified the remains found last week in southwest Charlotte as missing school teacher Bianca Tanner, police said Monday.

The body was found in the 10400 block of Calico Crossing Lane, a sparsely developed road that connects Shopton Road West to Westinghouse Boulevard.

Investigators already had said they believed the remains were Tanner, but were waiting for verification from the medical examiner’s Office. Police arrested and charged Tanner’s boyfriend, Angelo Grayson Smith Jr., with murder last week.

On Monday, a judge ordered Smith held without bond during his first court appearance.

Smith showed no emotion as Mecklenburg County Chief District Judge Regan A. Miller made the ruling, which stands until a July 16 hearing. Miller also set a July 28 probable cause hearing for Smith.

The hearing lasted less two than minutes and Smith stood before the judge in orange jail garb. He said just two words. When asked by Miller whether he had any questions, Smith replied, “No sir.”

Authorities remained tight-lipped about the case Monday.

Mecklenburg County Assistant District Attorney Bill Stetzer would not answer questions about how investigators found the body.

Stetzer also would not say whether Smith, 30, had confessed. As he was led to the Mecklenburg County Jail on Thursday, Smith told reporters “I’m sorry” when asked what he would say to Tanner’s family.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg police officials did not return phone calls. A press release divulged no details about the medical examiner findings.

It did not say if medical examiners believe her cause of death is homicide, accidental, natural or undetermined.

The case has received national attention since Tanner, 31, a second-grade teacher from Greensboro, was reported missing by Smith on June 8 in Charlotte. The report came just 10 days after she moved to Charlotte with her 3-year-old son, Jarrod.

The child told investigators Smith had struck Tanner with a belt and “hurt Mommy in the face,” according to a search warrant.

Smith told police he and Tanner argued before she left their apartment on Druid Circle in north Charlotte, some 18 miles away from where the body was found last week.

After filing a missing-persons report, Smith allegedly called Tanner’s ex-husband and told him he needed to come for his son.

Police initially charged Smith with a misdemeanor count of contributing to the delinquency of a minor and he was arrested in Chicago. Kenneth Snow, a Charlotte attorney representing Smith, has said Smith went to Chicago to stay with relatives after receiving threats.

Smith had been out of jail for only hours when police arrested him again on the murder charge in the couple’s apartment.

Snow could not be reached for comment.

Staff writer Fred Clasen-Kelly contributed to this report.

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