by: Erica Bryant Updated:
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Police are investigating the disappearance of Bianca Tanner as a homicide and it has been 10 days since anyone has seen the teacher.
Eyewitness News anchor Erica Bryant has the latest on a new effort to help in the search.
Family friend Karen Draine said by phone that Tanner's parents and siblings are holding on to faith that she will be found safe.
But she said traveling back and forth from Raleigh, Greensboro and Charlotte to search for her is taking a toll.
"It's already one thing to be missing a family member, but to have to come out of your pocket for child care, for gas, for food, like Bianca's bills are still accumulating," Draine said.
Draine launched a gofundme.com page to help cover some of the costs and to increase the reward.
"They want to help match the amount the police award in the hope that someone will come forward and say something," Draine said.
Neighbors are hoping for the best in the area along Druid Circle where Tanner was last seen.
“I'm not afraid or anything because the neighborhood is pretty safe,” said James Fuller, a neighbor.
Police have not named a suspect in the homicide case.
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