Police Evidence: Missing Alabama Teen May Have Suffered a Life-Threatening Wound

The Associated Press
By The Associated Press
November 11, 2019USshare
Police Evidence: Missing Alabama Teen May Have Suffered a Life-Threatening Wound
Aniah Haley Blanchard, 19. (Courtesy of Auburn Police Department)

BIRMINGHAM, Ala.—Blood evidence in the car belonging to UFC heavyweight Walt Harris’ missing stepdaughter shows she suffered “a life-threatening injury,” police records show.

An Auburn, Alabama, police charging document was released after the arrest of Ibraheem Yazeed on Nov. 8. It says a state lab determined the evidence matched Aniah Blanchard, who was reported missing on Oct. 24, news outlets reported.

Ibraheem Yazeed arrested
Ibraheem Yazeed. (Auburn Police Department via AP)

Blanchard, a 19-year-old, was last seen at a convenience store in Auburn while suspect Ibraheem Yazeed was there. The charging document says a witness identified 29-year-old Yazeed as the man he saw force Blanchard into a car. It’s unclear if that was her car, which was later found abandoned.

Yazeed was arrested on Friday in Florida and charged with first-degree kidnapping. He waived his extradition hearing that same day.

Blanchard is yet to be found.

Searchers looking for Blanchard include the mother of Natalee Holloway, an Alabama teenager who disappeared on a graduation trip to Aruba in 2005. Her mother, Beth Holloway, is working on the Blanchard case with Texas EquuSearch, a mounted search and recovery team, the group posted on its Facebook page.

Auburn Police Chief Paul Register said it’s not clear if Blanchard and Yazeed knew each other, though authorities don’t have any reason to believe they did. He also said authorities believe Yazeed had an accomplice.

“We do think there’s a likelihood someone else is involved in this case and we hope to bring that person to justice as well,” he said

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