Auburn police identify kidnapping suspect in Aniah Blanchard's disappearance

Auburn police identify kidnapping suspect in Aniah Blanchard's disappearance

Auburn police have identified a suspect in the disappearance of Aniah Haley Blanchard, 19, who was last seen October 23.

"The man is in his early to mid-20s, weighs approximately 200 lbs., and is between 5'8" and 5'10".

Additionally, the individual in the video was observed leaving the area in what is described as a late 2000s model Lincoln Town Car, which investigators believe is silver or grey.

Blanchard is a native of Homewood and a student at Southern Union State Community College in Lee County. Shortly thereafter, her black 2017 Honda CRV was recovered by police from an apartment complex with damage that was not present that last time it was seen in Auburn.

Police had previously released surveillance video of Blanchard inside the convenience store on South College Street.

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.

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An arrest warrant was issued on Thursday for Ibraheem Yazeed, 30, from Montgomery, according 33/40, Birmingham's ABC-affiliated station. A warrant has been obtained for his arrest for the charge of kidnapping in the first degree.

The attempted murder and kidnapping incident in which Yazeed is a defendant happened in January 2019.

Police said her vehicle was seen in the early-morning hours of October 24 along South College Street. The police said in a news release that he is to be considered unsafe and potentially armed. According to Auburn police, she last talked to a friend just before midnight on October 23.

The Auburn Police Division, Montgomery Police Department and nine other law enforcement agencies are working on the case and operating as a task force. They said it was recorded just before her SUV was seen traveling southbound on South College Street. Police have since said evidence found in the vehicle indicates the young woman was harmed and is considered the victim of foul play.

At a vigil held Wednesday night - the two-week anniversary of her disappearance - Blanchard's father and stepmother spoke to a congregation of about 250 people.

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