Wednesday, April 21, 2021

Aniah Blanchard: Stepdaughter of UFC Star Walt Harris Confirmed Dead Following Identification of Body

Aniah Blanchard

*The body of missing Alabama teen Aniah Blanchard was found on Monday (Nov. 25), and now the missing persons case has been upgraded to a homicide investigation.

According to CNN, charges are expected after authorities get cause and manner of death confirmed from the medical examiner.

Three suspects — Ibraheem Yazeed, 30, Antwain Shamar Fisher, 35, and David Johnson Jr., 63 — have been arrested in connection with Blanchard’s disappearance.

We previously reported, Aniah is the stepdaughter of UFC heavyweight competitor Walt Harris, who took to Instagram earlier this month asking the public for help in locating the 19-year-old after she went missing on Oct. 23 in Alabama.

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“I have feelings that there may be somebody that she knows that has set her up,” Aniah’s mother said. “I have something that we can’t really discuss, but there’s … a lady that they’re working on to try and figure that part out.”

An investigation was launched into her disappearance two days after Blanchard went missing, when her damaged black 2017 Honda CR-V was found at an apartment complex in Montgomery, about an hour’s drive from Auburn, where Blanchard lived with her family.

On Oct. 31, examiners of the vehicle determined Aniah was “harmed and is considered to be a victim of foul play,” BET reported. 

Blood evidence found inside her abandoned vehicle “was indicative of someone suffering a life-threatening injury,” according to the affidavit in the case.

Blanchard, a student at Southern Union State Community College in Wadley, was reported missing by her family on Oct. 24. Police said she last communicated with a friend on Oct. 23, just before midnight.

Ny MaGee
Ny MaGee is a screenwriter and freelance reporter from Chicago -- currently living in Los Angeles and covering A-list entertainment for various outlets, including Emmys.com. She has worked for: Miramax, MTV & VH1, The Jim Henson Company, Hallmark Channel, Paramount Pictures, and for iconic indie film producer Roger Corman.

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