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Skeletal remains positively identified as UFC fighter’s stepdaughter; case now a homicide investigat

Skeletal remains positively identified as UFC fighter’s stepdaughter; case now a homicide investigat


A monthlong search for college student Aniah Blanchard, the stepdaughter of UFC heavyweight fighter Walt Harris, came to a heartbreaking close on Wednesday afternoon after a forensic analysis positively confirmed that the human remains found in Alabama this week are those of the missing 19-year-old woman  The Auburn Police Department announced that the case, which has landed three people in jail, is now officially a homicide probe A preliminary investigation suggests that the jailed trio may have been involved in kidnapping and murdering her Advertisement  The young woman was last seen alive on Oct. 23 inside a convenience store in the city of Auburn, some 60 miles east of Montgomery  “I am heartbroken for the family of Aniah Blanchard,” Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey said in a statement “Like Alabamians across our state, I was praying for a much different outcome. I will be keeping them in my prayers and ask the people of Alabama to continue to do so as well ” Most Read Dwyane Wade defends son’s appearance after family photo Much-sued NYPD sergeant gets slap on the wrist after abuse of authority complaint substantiated: sources Red Auerbach fired a Celtics ballboy for being a Knicks fan, but the ballboy got the last laugh  Police believe Ibraheem Yazeed, who has been charged with first-degree kidnapping, forced the Southern Union State Community College student into a car the day she went missing Yazeed has a long criminal record and was out on bond for unrelated kidnapping and murder charges in Florida [More News] Texas teen kills sister’s boyfriend with shotgun blast during ‘house party gone bad’: authorities »  The second suspect, Antwon “Squirmy” Fisher, is accused of providing transportation to Yazeed and disposing of evidence Authorities said both men were seen on security footage inside the convenience store View this post on Instagram Love you! 💙 A post shared by Walt Harris (@thebigticket205) on Nov 19, 2019 at 12:17pm PST A third man, David Johnson Jr , was charged this week with hindering prosecution after police said he drove Yazeed to Florida after the kidnapping  During the extensive, multi-state search for Yazeed, UFC offered a $25,000 reward for information leading to her The state of Alabama offered another $5,000.  “During this holiday season,” the governor said in her statement, “it is easy to get distracted in the hustle and bustle, but I urge us all to remember those that are hurting I appreciate the diligence of the Auburn Police Division, the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency and the many volunteers who were searching for Aniah She is indeed loved and will be remembered by us all.”

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