AUBURN, Ala.- The Auburn Police Division is asking for the public's assistance in determining the whereabouts of Aniah Haley Blanchard, age 19 from Auburn. She was reported missing to Auburn Police on Oct. 24. She last communicated with a friend on Wednesday night, Oct. 23, just before midnight. An investigation into determining her whereabouts is underway. At this point, there is no evidence of foul play; however, the investigation will continue until her whereabouts are determined. Aniah is described as a light-complexioned black female, 5'-6" , 125 lbs., brown eyes and brown hair and was last seen wearing a black dress, tan duck boots with black stockings. She drives a 2017 Honda CR-V, black in color with Alabama tag #49BS356. The whereabouts of the vehicle are not known, as well.
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The remains found in the woods in Alabama have been positively identified as Aniah Blanchard, a college student who disappeared last month, authorities said Wednesday.

Auburn Police Chief Paul Register and Lee County District Attorney Brandon Hughes told reporters the case is now a homicide investigation. Hughes said that upgraded charges are expected after authorities get cause and manner of death confirmed from the medical examiner.

Three suspects have been arrested in connection with Blanchard’s disappearance.

Blanchard is the stepdaughter of UFC heavyweight Walt Harris. She was a student at Southern Union State Community College, which has several campuses in East Alabama.

Blanchard was last heard from on Oct. 23 in Auburn. Her vehicle was found damaged two days later over an hour away.

Her body was found Monday in a wooded area of Macon County, Alabama.

District Court Judge Russell Bush issued a gag order that bars those involved with the case from discussing it with media, Auburn police Capt. Lorenza Dorsey told CNN earlier this month.

CNN’s Darran Simon contributed to this report.