Remains of 19-year-old Aniah Blanchard believed found

Cheryl Sanders
November 28, 2019

Her stepfather is UFC fighter Walt Harris of metro Birmingham.

"I can confirm that human remains have been found and we have good reason to suspect they are that of Aniah Blanchard", District Attorney Brandon Hughes told WRBL News 3.

Authorities believe that they have uncovered the remains of Aniah Blanchard, the 19-year-old college student who was reported missing late last month.

Law enforcement officials searched a wooded area in Shorter, Alabama, and found what appeared to be human remains several feet into the woods. She is always in contact with her family, he says, so when her brother couldn't reach her the next day, the family called the police.


Fisher was arrested two weeks after authorities detained Ibraheem Yazeed on November 7 in Escambia County, Florida and extradited to Alabama.

Blanchard was reported missing the next day and her vehicle was recovered on October 25 in Montgomery, Ala. with forensic evidence discovering a "life threatening" amount of blood inside.

The reward for helping to find Blanchard and any perpetrators involved in the case stands at more than $100,000.

This past weekend, a second suspect, Antwon "Squirmy" Fisher was arrested.


The case remains under investigation by the Auburn Police Department. Police said that he assisted Yazeed by disposing evidence and transporting him. Male DNA was also recovered from the vehicle, though it has not yet been IDed positively as Yazeed's.

Blood "indicative of someone suffering a life-threatening injury" was discovered in the passenger's side of Blanchard's vehicle, according to a probable cause affidavit filed for the arrest of Yazeed.

A witness told police that Yazeed forced Blanchard into a auto at the store, although it is unclear if the witness was referring to Yazeed's vehicle or Blanchard's SUV, which was later found abandoned and damaged.

Yazeed, at the time of Blanchard's disappearance, was free on a $295,000 bond on charges of kidnapping, attempted murder, robbery and possession of marijuana in connection to the beating of two men in a Montgomery hotel in January.


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