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.
Charges upgraded to capital murder for suspect in Blanchard case
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Walt Harris wasn’t sure if he’d return to the octagon after the death of his stepdaughter Aniah Blanchard.

The 6-foot-5-inch, 250-pound UFC fighter said he went through a dark period after Blanchard’s death. He wondered if going back to fighting meant he wasn’t thinking about her.

Walt Harris

“There was a point, honestly, where I felt like thinking of anything but my daughter was wrong,” Harris told reporters this week.

But he says thanks to the support of his wife and prayer, Harris will be returning to the octagon Saturday to fight Alistair Overeem as the main event for the “UFC on ESPN 8.” There will be no fans in the VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena in Jacksonville, Florida, due to Covid-19.

Harris and Overeem were initially supposed to fight in December, but Harris pulled out after his daughter’s death. As he contemplated a return to UFC, Harris said he could hear is daughter talking to him, pushing him to get back in shape and fight.

“My focus has been razor sharp since the tragedy. I’m fighting for a different purpose,” Harris said. “My daughter is with me everywhere I go.”

Blanchard was abducted from a Chevron station

Blanchard, 19, went missing in late October in Auburn, Alabama. Her remains were then discovered in late November in a wooded area of Macon County.

Ibraheem Yazeed

An autopsy determined Blanchard died of a gunshot wound, and the medical examiner ruled her death a homicide, Lee County District Attorney Brandon Hughes said in December.

The Auburn Police Department issued a warrant for Ibraheem Yazeed who they believe abducted Blanchard from a Chevron station on College Street, Hughes said. Yazeed was arrested November 7 in Florida by members of the US Marshals Fugitive Task Force and the Escambia County, Florida, Sheriff’s Office on the warrant from police in Auburn.

Hughes said his office plans to seek the death penalty against Yazeed. His charges were upgraded in December from first-degree kidnapping to capital murder.

Yazeed’s next court appearance is scheduled for June. Previous appearances have been postponed due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

CNN has sought comment from Yazeed’s attorney but the requests went unanswered.

CNN’s Melissa Gray contributed to this report.