Bond for boyfriend of missing teacher set at $100K

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. - The boyfriend of a teacher who’s been missing for more than three weeks said nothing to reporters as police escorted him to jail Tuesday morning, hours after they’d brought him back from Chicago.

Channel 9 was there as detectives walked Angelo Smith in handcuffs to a waiting patrol car.

Police Chief Rodney Monroe said they were convinced that Smith has not told them everything he knows about the disappearance of Bianca Tanner.

“We only asked for a true and accurate accounting of what occurred,” Monroe said. “We do not believe we have received that.”

Monroe said they are frustrated that they have not found Tanner or any evidence that would indicate what happened to her, but he promised to keep pushing.

“If we have to interview people for the 100th time, we will do that until we have a complete and accurate account of what occurred,” Monroe said.  

He also said police are planning several more searches for Tanner or her body in the Charlotte area based on leads they’ve developed.

Late Tuesday, Smith’s attorneys met with him at the Mecklenburg County Jail and said he has in fact been cooperative with police.

“I can say my client has been through a lot the last few days,” attorney Ken Snow said.

Detectives questioned Smith on the overnight drive from Chicago and he did answer some of their questions, Snow said.

“He's certainly been cooperative,” Snow said. “He's talked with authorities and given them enough answers to questions. So in my opinion he's done what he was supposed to do and was certainly cooperative.”

Smith's bond was set at $100,000 and he spent Tuesday night in the Mecklenburg County Jail. Smith will be in court Wednesday where Snow said he will ask the judge to reduce his bond.

Tanner disappeared three weeks ago. The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department is calling her disappearance a homicide investigation.

Tanner's friends will be holding a prayer vigil in Greensboro Wednesday night at 7 p.m.

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