Authorities: blood linked to Blanchard in vehicle indicative of serious injury

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

According to the Montgomery Advertiser, the authorities have released some new information in the disappearance of 19-year Aniah Blanchard. The news comes following the arrest of alleged suspect Ibraheem Yazeed.

Blood — which was recovered from the vehicle that belonged to Blanchard — has been linked by DNA to the young college student. According to a probable cause affidavit, “blood indicative of someone suffering a life-threatening injury.”

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“During the subsequent investigation, a witness identified Yazeed as the individual he observed forcing Blanchard into a vehicle against her will and then leaving with her in the vehicle” from an Auburn convenience station, the affidavit states.

Ibraheem Yazeed was arrested early Friday morning in Florida. He has already waived his right to extradition and will be brought back to Alabama.

At this time, he is facing first-degree kidnapping. However, more charges may be filed at a later date.

Blanched was a college student at the time of her disappearance. She was at a gas stationary the same time of the alleged suspect.

At this time, her body had not been found.

She has been missing since Oct. 23. Blanchard was reported missing the following day.

During their investigation, her vehicle was found damaged approximately 50 miles away from Auburn, Alabama in Montgomery, Alabama. The authorities suspected foul play almost immediately after looking at the vehicle.

There has been a $105,000 reward leading to the arrest of the individual into the disappearance of Blanchard. This has hit the UFC community especially hard as she is the step daughter of UFC fighter Walt Harris.

He backed out of a fight in December due this disappearance.

Earlier this year, Yazeed was hit with serious charges following another crime. He was charged with attempted murder, kidnapping and other charges.

However, he was out on bond during the Blanchard disappearance.

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