• Police, family, friends search for missing teacher

    By: Catherine Bilkey


    CHARLOTTE - Desperate for answers, police, friends and family went door to door Sunday looking for any clues that could lead them to finding a missing teacher.

    “What I would really like is for my daughter just to come home,” Tanner’s father Rodney Closs said.

    And that’s why his family has been handing out fliers to every neighbor near Druid Circle—the last place the 31-year-old teacher was seen.

    Tanner has been missing since June 8 and police are calling it a homicide investigation, but her sister Cerise Richardson hasn’t given up hope that Tanner will be found alive and well.

     “It’s been a very difficult time, just not knowing where she’s at or if she’s OK,” Cerise Richardson said. “But we have been coming together and standing by our belief…that God is going to bring her home.”

    The teacher recently moved from Greensboro. She’s the mother to a young son.

    “She has a 3-year-old son,” Richardson said. “And it’s just… tearing us apart that he’s crying his self to sleep every night. He wants his mommy. So, it’s very important that we get her home.”

    And the family is going to fight for that to happen.

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

    A $5,000 reward is being offered for information about where the teacher is.


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