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Sport Remains confirmed to belong to UFC fighter's stepdaughter Aniah Blanchard

23:25  27 november  2019
23:25  27 november  2019 Source:   usatoday.com

Murder charge announced in death of fighters’ stepdaughter

  Murder charge announced in death of fighters’ stepdaughter AUBURN, Ala. (AP) — Prosecutors say the man investigators consider the lone suspect in the shooting death of the stepdaughter of a well-known UFC fighter will face a capital murder charge. Lee County District Attorney Brandon Hughes announced Monday that prosecutors also will seek the death penalty against 29-year-old Ibraheem Yazeed in the death of Aniah Blanchard, a 19-year-old Alabama college student. Hughes says investigators believe Yazeed is the lone person responsible for her death.Yazeed was jailed earlier, charged with kidnapping in the woman’s disappearance. Prosecutors say the charges are being upgraded after Blanchard’s remains were discovered.

The remains of Aniah Haley Blanchard , the 19-year-old stepdaughter of UFC fighter Walt Harris who went missing on Oct. “I can confirm that human remains have been found in Macon County on County Road 2 and we have good reason to believe they are that of Aniah Blanchard ,” Lee County

Police have arrested two people over the disappearance of Aniah Blanchard , whose Officials have “good reason” to believe human remains found in Alabama belong to the missing stepdaughter “I can confirm that human remains have been found in Macon County on County Road 2 and we have

Human remains discovered Monday along County Road 2 in Macon County have been confirmed to be those of missing college student Aniah Blanchard, the stepdaughter of UFC fighter Walt Harris.

a woman smiling and posing for the camera: Aniah Haley Blanchard © Provided Aniah Haley Blanchard

Lee County District Attorney Brandon Hughes confirmed to the Montgomery Advertiser Wednesday afternoon that the remains were positively identified to be Blanchard's. At a press conference with WBRC, Auburn Police Chief Paul Register said the case will move forward as a homicide investigation and further charges are expected. 

Hughes told the Advertiser they do not yet have a timeline of when those charges might come. 

Man charged with capital murder in Aniah Blanchard's death

  Man charged with capital murder in Aniah Blanchard's death Charges against Ibraheem Yazeed were upgraded from first-degree kidnapping."Mr. Yazeed is the only person in this case responsible for abducting Aniah Blanchard. He is the only person responsible for Aniah's murder," Hughes said at a press conference. Yazeed is currently being held without bond.

have “good reason” to believe human remains found belong to the missing stepdaughter of a UFC heavyweight fighter . “I can confirm that human remains have been found in Macon County on County Road 2 and we have good reason to believe they are that of Aniah Blanchard ,” Hughes said.

have “good reason” to believe human remains found belong to the missing stepdaughter of a UFC heavyweight fighter . “I can confirm that human remains have been found in Macon County on County Road 2 and we have good reason to believe they are that of Aniah Blanchard ,” Hughes said.

"We’re waiting on a cause and manner of death from the medical examiner," Hughes said.

Blanchard had been missing for over a month. The search for the 19-year-old led law enforcement over three east Alabama counties, two states and resulted in the arrest of three Montgomery men. 

Blanchard disappeared at some point late on Oct. 23 or early on Oct. 24 from Auburn. She was last seen on video surveillance at a convenience store not far from her home.

Her last known contact was with a roommate late Oct. 23, and loved ones reported her missing the next day. 

Aniah Blanchard died from gunshot wound, authorities say

  Aniah Blanchard died from gunshot wound, authorities say Investigators have determined that Aniah Blanchard, the 19-year-old stepdaughter of UFC heavyweight fighter Walt Harris who disappeared in October, died of a gunshot.Lee County District Attorney Brandon Hughes did not elaborate on where Blanchard was shot but told reporters in a news conference Monday that her manner of death was ruled a homicide by the medical examiner.

Police have arrested two people over the disappearance of Aniah Blanchard , whose stepfather is UFC fighter Walt Harris. Officials have “good reason” to believe human remains found in Alabama belong to the missing stepdaughter of a UFC heavyweight fighter .

have “good reason” to believe human remains found belong to the missing stepdaughter of a UFC heavyweight fighter . “I can confirm that human remains have been found in Macon County on County Road 2 and we have good reason to believe they are that of Aniah Blanchard ,” Hughes said.

Aniah Blanchard's blood was found in her car weeks ago 

Days later, her vehicle — scraped and dented — was recovered at a Montgomery apartment complex, some 55 miles west of where the teen was last seen. Police confirmed they suspected foul play based on evidence recovered inside the vehicle.

Blood "indicative of someone suffering a life-threatening injury" was discovered in the passenger's side of Aniah Blanchard's vehicle, according to a probable cause affidavit filed for the arrest of Ibraheem Yazeed. The 29-year-old was arrested in Escambia County, Florida, by U.S. Marshals hours after a first-degree kidnapping warrant was issued against him two weeks after Blanchard went missing. 

"During the subsequent investigation a witness identified Yazeed as the individual he observed forcing Blanchard into a vehicle against her will and then leaving with her in the vehicle" from an Auburn convenience station, the affidavit states.

Remains found believed to be UFC fighter’s stepdaughter

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Remains Found Believed to Belong to UFC Fighter ' s Missing Stepdaughter Aniah Blanchard . “I can confirm that human remains have been found in Macon County on County Road 2 and we have good reason to believe they are that of Aniah Blanchard ,” Lee County District Attorney Brand Hugh

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According to court records, the blood evidence was tested by the Alabama Department of Forensic Sciences and confirmed to be Blanchard's. 

Antwain 'Squirmy' Fisher, Ibraheem Yazeed were charged in her disappearance 

Yazeed, at the time of Blanchard's disappearance, was free on a $295,000 bond on charges of kidnapping, attempted murder, robbery and possession of marijuana in connection to the beating of two men in a Montgomery hotel in January. Though, his criminal record stretched back to 2011 when he was charged with robbery and attempted murder the year after. Those charges were ultimately dismissed at separate grand juries, according to court records. 

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Auburn police Chief Paul Register said during a conference that it's still unknown if Blanchard was familiar with Yazeed prior to the alleged kidnapping. 

"We don't have any reason to know that she was familiar with him but we certainly can't rule out completely that there would have been some knowledge," the chief said. "But at this point we don't have knowledge she knew him."

Remains found believed to be UFC fighter’s stepdaughter

  Remains found believed to be UFC fighter’s stepdaughter AUBURN, Ala. (AP) — An Alabama district attorney said Monday that authorities have “good reason” to believe human remains found belong to the missing stepdaughter of a UFC heavyweight fighter. The remains were found on a county road in neighboring Macon County, Lee County District Attorney Brandon Hughes told The Associated Press. “I can confirm that human remains have been found in Macon County on County Road 2 and we have good reason to believe they are that of Aniah Blanchard,” Hughes said.Police have arrested two people in the disappearance last month of Blanchard, 19. She was last seen Oct. 23 in Auburn. Her stepfather is UFC fighter Walt Harris.

reason'' to believe human remains found belong to the missing stepdaughter of UFC heavyweight fighter Walt Harris. "I can confirm that human remains have been found in Macon County on County Road 2 and we have good reason to believe they are that of Aniah Blanchard ,'' Hughes said.

Human remains found in a wooded area in Alabama are believed to be that of a UFC fighter ' s missing stepdaughter . The body was discovered near a road in the town of Shorter Three people have been arrested over the disappearance of 19-year-old Aniah Blanchard , who was last seen on 23 October.

Two more weeks later, Antwain Shamar "Squirmy" Fisher, 35, was arrested by the Auburn Police Department in Montgomery on Friday night, according to Lee County District Attorney Brandon Hughes. 

Fisher, like Yazeed, was charged with first-degree kidnapping in Blanchard's disappearance. According to Fisher's charging documents, he disposed of evidence and provided transportation for Yazeed. The records do not say what evidence he is alleged to have handled.

More: Aniah Blanchard missing: 2nd suspect gave Yazeed a ride, got rid of evidence, court records say

Fisher is to be held without bond, Lee County Judge Steven Speak ruled Monday. Fisher will appear for a preliminary hearing Dec. 18 at 9 a.m. 

Third suspect, David Lee Johnson Jr., charged

The third suspect, charged with hindering prosecution in connection to Aniah Blanchard's disappearance, allegedly lied to police about his son's involvement with Ibraheem Yazeed. 

David Lee Johnson Jr., 63, of Montgomery, was arrested Nov. 25 and released on a $7,500 bond.

Johnson's charging documents, filed Tuesday morning, revealed that his son, David Lee Johnson III allegedly drove Yazeed to Escambia County. The younger Johnson has not been charged with any crimes. 

According to an arrest affidavit, police on Nov. 7 went to the home where 35-year-old Antwain Fisher, charged with first-degree kidnapping in connection to Blanchard's disappearance, lived with Johnson III. They'd received a tip that 29-year-old Yazeed, the first suspect charged with first-degree kidnapping in the case, had been at the Placid Drive home.

Hearing set for man charged in Alabama woman’s disappearance

  Hearing set for man charged in Alabama woman’s disappearance A man charged in the disappearance of a missing Alabama college student is due in court for a hearing that could reveal some evidence about the case. Court records show a Lee County judge has scheduled a preliminary hearing for next Wednesday for 29-year-old Ibraheem Yazeed. His lawyers requested the appearance.

Skeletal remains found believed to be UFC fighter Walt Harris’ missing stepdaughter Aniah Blanchard . Police discover human remains in a wooded area and have ‘good reason’ to believe they belong to missing Blanchard . The 19-year-old was last seen in October with third suspect arrested

Blanchard , the stepdaughter of UFC heavyweight star Walt Harris, was reported missing by her family on October 24. "I can confirm that human remains have been found and we have good reason to suspect they are that of Aniah Blanchard ," said District Attorney Brandon Hughes.

At the home, Johnson Jr. told police he saw Yazeed leave the home "with an unknown white female in an unknown vehicle."

Blanchard's parents hoped for her safe return 

Throughout the ordeal, Blanchard's parents and step parents continued to hold out hope for her safe return. Her father, Elijah Blanchard, described his daughter as a nurturing person. 

"She’s not a mean person. I’ve never heard her say anything bad about anybody," he said in an earlier interview. "She was always a forgiving person, she has a heart of gold and would do anything to help anyone who needed it."

2nd arrest in disappearance of UFC fighter’s stepdaughter

  2nd arrest in disappearance of UFC fighter’s stepdaughter AUBURN, Ala. (AP) — Auburn police have arrested a second man in the disappearance of a UFC heavyweight fighter’s stepdaughter. Lee County District Attorney Brandon Hughes told The Associated Press by email Saturday that 35-year-old Antwain Shamar Fisher of Montgomery has been charged with first-degree kidnapping in the disappearance last month of 19-year-old Aniah Blanchard. Fisher was arrested Friday and booked Saturday into the Lee County Jail, Hughes told the Opelika-Auburn News and WRBL-TV. Blanchard, whose stepfather is UFC participant Walt Harris of metro Birmingham, was last seen Oct. 23 at a convenience store in Auburn.

The search for UFC heavyweight Walt Harris’ missing stepdaughter Aniah Blanchard has likely come to a tragic end. Lee County District Attorney “I can confirm that human remains have been found and we have good reason to suspect they are that of Aniah Blanchard ,” Hughes said in the statement.

HUMAN remains found in Alabama are believed to be those of Aniah Blanchard , the On Monday, local authorities said they "have good reason to believe" that the remains found in Macon County belong to Blanchard , 19, who Aniah is the stepdaughter of UFC star Walt HarrisCredit: Instagram.

More: 'A heart of gold': Aniah Blanchard's father pleads 'we want her home'

Blanchard, a student at a Lee County community college, was a native of Homewood, Ala., a suburb of Birmingham. 

She loved playing softball in high school, Elijah Blanchard said, so much so that he once asked if she might consider walking on to a college team. But Aniah wanted to concentrate on getting her general education classes out of the way, her father said, as she decided what she might want to concentrate on for her studies. Like so many early college students, she wanted to consider several paths open at her feet: art, education, maybe business. 

"I want everybody to know that my daughter is a good person, all the way around. I’m not just saying that because she’s my daughter," Elijah Blanchard said. "It's evident she was special to so many people."

Contact Montgomery Advertiser reporter Kirsten Fiscus at 334-318-1798 or KFiscus@gannett.com. Follow her on Twitter @KDFiscus

This article originally appeared on Montgomery Advertiser: Remains confirmed to belong to UFC fighter's stepdaughter Aniah Blanchard

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The suspect charged with kidnapping 19-year-old Aniah Blanchard, the stepdaughter of UFC fighter Walt Harris, has been ordered by a judge to take a DNA test.On Wednesday, Lee County District Judge Russell Bush granted a request by prosecutors to force Ibraheem Yazeed, 29, to submit his DNA after investigators found male DNA in Blanchard's car, The Associated Press reported.

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