Skeletal human remains believed to be those of Aniah Blanchard were found in Macon County, Alabama, Monday – a month after she vanished after visiting convenience store
Lee County DA says he has ‘good reason’ to suspect the victim is Blanchard, the missing stepdaughter of UFC heavyweight fighter Walt Harris
Family of the 19-year-old Blanchard already have been notified of the find
Police on Monday arrested a third suspect, David Johnson Jr on charges of hindering prosecution
Antwain Shamar Fisher, 35, was arrested in connection with the case Friday, charged with first-degree kidnapping and is being held without bond
Police say Fisher helped another suspect, Ibraheem Yazeed, by disposing of evidence and driving him around
Yazeed, 30, was arrested on Nov 7 in Florida and charged with kidnapping Aniah Blanchard who was last seen at a gas station convenience store in Auburn on Oct 23
A witness said he saw Yazeed forcing Blanchard into her car and kidnapping her
Fisher’s criminal record includes a 2004 felony murder conviction, Yazeed similarly has a past of violent crimes
The skeletal remains were located off Highway 80 in Shorter, Alabama, located halfway between Auburn, where Blanchard was last seen alive, and Montgomery, where her damaged and bloodied SUV was found.
According to a statement from Auburn Police, officers acting on a tip arrived at a wooded area in the 38000 block of County Road 2 at around 10.45am.
‘After a brief search by Investigators they located what appeared to be human remains several feet into the woodline,’ the press release stated.
In a related development, Lee County District Attorney Brandon Hughes confirmed on Monday afternoon that suspect David Johnson Jr, from Montgomery, has been charged with hindering prosecution for his alleged role in Blanchard’s disappearance, reported Montgomery Advertiser.
Earlier today, a second suspect arrested last week in Blanchard’s case has been accused of disposing of evidence.
Surveillance video footage from the night she went missing showed Blanchard at a convenience store in Auburn at the same time as Yazeed.
A witness then told police that he saw Yazeed forcing Blanchard into her own car – a black 2017 Honda CRV – and kidnapping her.
Blanchard’s SUV was found abandoned more than 50 miles away at an apartment complex in Montgomery two days after she went missing.
Pictures released by authorities show damage to the right front side of the car, as well as what appears to be scrape marks along the front passenger side door. The left side of the car appears to be undamaged.
Auburn police Detective Josh Mixon said Blanchard´s blood was found in the car, and it appeared she had suffered a life-threatening injury.
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.
His criminal record stretched 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.