Monday, November 25, 2019

Human remains in Alabama believed to be those of missing college student Aniah Blanchard

Skeletal remains found in Alabama on Monday are believed to be those of Aniah Haley Blanchard, the teenage stepdaughter of UFC fighter Walt Harris. Blanchard was last seen outside a convenience story on Oct. 23.

The remains were found at approximately 10:45 a.m. in a wooded area in Mason County, near Shorter, Alabama, authorities said.

The district attorney in Lee County, Brandon Hughes, told NBC News that his office had "good reason to believe they are that" of Blanchard.

Blanchard, 19, a student at Southern Union College, was last seen in Auburn, Alabama. Her damaged car was recovered two days after her disappearance about 60 miles away in Montgomery, Alabama.

Authorities had initially said they did not suspect Blanchard was the victim of foul play, but changed their position after the Alabama Department of Forensic Sciences examined evidence from her 2017 Honda CR-V.

Police have arrested Antwain Fisher, 35, and Ibraheem Yazeed, 29 on first-degree kidnapping charges in the disappearance of Blanchard.


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