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Missing teacher's family searches for answers


A 31-year old mother and teacher is still missing, but her loved ones are determined to bring her home.

Saturday afternoon, dozens came out to canvass the Charlotte neighborhood where Bianca Tanner was last seen, one week ago. 

Police are now calling this a homicide investigation, but Bianca's family still believes she'll be found safe and sound. 

Bianca's father, Rodney Closs, spent father's day searching for his daughter. 

"It's been hell. I've been running around like a chicken with his neck cut off trying to find her," Closs said. 

However, the family's desperate plea isn't just for themselves. Bianca's sister, Cerise Richardson, tells WBTV it's for Bianca's three year old boy. 

"It's just tearing us apart. He's crying himself to sleep every night, wanting his mommy," Richardson said. 

That's why dozens of family, friends, police officers and even complete strangers handed out countless flyers in the Druid Hills neighborhood, to anyone who would take them. 

"We will continue to look for her each and every day until we find her," Richardson said. 

Police believe the elementary school teacher, who just moved to Charlotte from Greensboro, disappeared after leaving her boyfriend's house last Sunday.

"We refuse to let any negativity interfere or get in our minds, we know that she's coming home," Richardson said. 

However, handing out flyers may have been most difficult for Closs. 

"She's beautiful, she's fun. She's happy go lucky. She loves to dance," Closs said. 

Forget a new tie or a flat screen television, Closs wanted nothing more than his daughter for Father's Day.

"It would be the best father's day present for her to come home," Closs said. 

If she's listening Closs says he just asks one thing of his little girl. 

"Come home, baby. Come on home," Closs said. 

Bianca Tanner is 5'3 and 110 pounds. She was last seen wearing a red shirt and black shorts on Druid Circle. 

Anyone with information is asking to contact Crime Stoppers at (704) 334-1600.

A $5,000 reward is being offered by Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police. 

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