Auburn police identify kidnapping suspect in Aniah Blanchard's disappearance

Arrest warrant issued for person of interest in case of missing Aniah Blanchard

Police Seek Person of Interest in Case for Walt Harris’ Missing Stepdaughter

Aniah Haley Blanchard, 19, has been missing since October 23. It was the last time she was seen.

Blanchard is last seen in a convenience store at a Chevron gas station making a purchase and had communication with a friend just before midnight.

Police are seeking the public's help in identifying a man seen inside an Alabama convenience store where the stepdaughter of UFC fighter Walt Harris was last spotted on October 23.

A Montgomery man with a history of arrests for violent crimes has been charged with kidnapping in the disappearance of Aniah Blanchard and is sought by police.

Days after Blanchard was last seen, her black, Honda CR-V was recovered at a Montgomery apartment complex on October 25, about 55 miles from where the teen was last seen in Auburn.

A reward totaling $105,000, including $25,000 contributed by UFC president Dana White, is being offered for information leading to an arrest and conviction in the case. Others, including UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones, also step up.

Any donations towards efforts to locate Blanchard are encouraged to be made via PayPal to FindAniahBlanchard@gmail.com. Police have since said evidence found in the vehicle indicates the young woman was harmed and is considered the victim of foul play. A social media message sent by Blanchard to her roommate indicated she might have been with a male before she disappeared, according to her mother. "We just really, really want to know".

The MMA community has rallied around Harris.

Aniah Blanchard, the 19-year-old stepdaughter of Harris, has been missing since October 24.

The man - about 200 pounds and about 5 feet 9 inches tall - was wearing dark-colored trousers, dark shoes and a camouflage hooded jacket at the time.

The man left the area in a silver or gray late 2000's model Lincoln Town vehicle, al.com reported.

Blanchard's father reacts to the news. A warrant has been obtained for his arrest for the charge of kidnapping in the first degree. The U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force, along with other agencies, are actively searching for Yazeed. Ibraheem Yazeed, who already faces kidnapping and attempted murder charges in a different case, now faces a charge of first-degree kidnapping. Authorities said he may be armed, and should be considered risky. Yazeed is a native of Montgomery, Alabama.

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