Auburn police identify kidnapping suspect in Aniah Blanchard's disappearance

  • Auburn police identify kidnapping suspect in Aniah Blanchard's disappearance

Auburn police identify kidnapping suspect in Aniah Blanchard's disappearance

An arrest warrant has been issued in the case involving the disappearance of the stepdaughter of UFC heavyweight Walt Harris.

According to Alabama CBS affiliate WRBL, police have released images of a person of interest captured on video surveillance at the convenience store where Blanchard was last seen.

Further investigation and analysis of evidence has determined that Yazeed was at the same location Blanchard was last seen and was involved in "taking Aniah against her will", police said.

The total reward money for information about Blanchard;'s disappearance is up to $105k - with Dana White personally pitching in $25k.

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. The U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force is working with other agencies to find Yazeed, whom police consider armed and unsafe.

Police Division has obtained a warrant for the arrest of Ibraheem Yazeed on a charge of first-degree kidnapping, it was announced Thursday. They say he should be considered unsafe and potentially armed.

Police said additional charges are anticipated. A judge revoked the bond Thursday. He was described as leaving the area in a Lincoln Town Car, which appeared silver or gray.

Police said her vehicle was seen in the early-morning hours of October 24 along South College Street.

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.

Blanchard is a native of Homewood and a student at Southern Union State Community College in Lee County.

Yazeed, 30, is now out on bond from separate charges of kidnapping and attempted murder in another jurisdiction.

Police say evidence found inside Blanchard's vehicle indicates she is a victim of foul play. His presence has kept me going, " said Elijah Blanchard, who thanked friends, family and even strangers for displaying blue ribbons in his daughter's honor, and for all the messages and calls of support.