*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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This message! #AniahBlanchard ‘s mom, Angela Harris, shared an important message last night at a vigil for her 19-year-old daughter. It’s something we all need to hear! My prayers for Aniah’s family as I will never understand the hate and evil in this world! pic.twitter.com/qjYZj1ph9k
— ChristinaWBRC (@ChristinaWBRC) November 27, 2019
“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.
The three men who kidnapped Aniah Blanchard. I hope you mfers fry. pic.twitter.com/vhfec40kQf
— Cameryn Love (@withlovecameryn) November 26, 2019
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.