Police: Evidence from vehicle shows Aniah Blanchard was harmed

Updated: Oct. 31, 2019 at 4:21 PM CDT
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AUBURN, Ala. (WSFA) - The Auburn Police Division says evidence from inside Aniah Blanchard’s vehicle shows she was harmed.

Blanchard, 19, who has been missing for more than a week, “is considered to be a victim of foul play.”

Her family reported her missing to Auburn police on Thursday, Oct. 24. The case is now a joint investigation between Auburn and Montgomery police.

Her 2017 Honda CR-V was found at a Montgomery apartment complex off Atlanta Highway Friday night. It had sustained heavy damage.

Authorities are still asking the public for any information on the location of Blanchard’s vehicle between Wednesday, Oct. 23 and Friday.

Auburn police say the vehicle of Aniah Blanchard was damaged from the  time it was last seen...
Auburn police say the vehicle of Aniah Blanchard was damaged from the time it was last seen Wednesday to the time it was found Friday.(Source: Auburn Police Department)

Wednesday, Auburn Police Chief Paul Register was in Montgomery meeting with the 11 other agencies involved in this investigation. He said they are very concerned for Blanchard’s safety.

Register says investigators are keying in on the area between Auburn and Montgomery and any relationships that would prompt her to meet someone. Register couldn’t speak to whether they believe Blanchard drove the car to Montgomery or whether they believed she was likely in the Montgomery area.

“Montgomery is certainly a place that we need to be concentrating on heavily,” Register said.

Monday, police released a short surveillance video that shows Blanchard at a convenience store on South College Street in Auburn late on the night of Oct. 23. It was recorded just before her vehicle was seen traveling southbound on South College Street.

Blanchard is described as light in complexion, 5’6”, 125 pounds, with brown eyes and brown hair. She was last seen wearing a black dress, tan duck boots and black stockings.

Blanchard is a native of Homewood and a student at Southern Union State Community College in Auburn. Her stepfather is Ultimate Fighting Championship heavyweight Walt Harris.

Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey has offered a $5,000 reward for information. UFC President Dana White added another $25,000.

Dozens of Auburn University students and community members gathered for a vigil on Samford Lawn in Auburn Wednesday night, praying for the family’s peace and Blanchard’s safe return.

“It’s overwhelming, but I’ll tell you Aniah is a very special girl and she loved everybody and so caring. I think they know that in their heart, man, that girl, she’s a special girl and we need to get her home,” said Blanchard’s mother, Angela Harris.

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Blanchard’s father, Elijah Blanchard, was also in attendance, praying that everyone continues to look for his daughter.

If you have any information on Blanchard’s whereabouts, call the Auburn Police Division Detective Section at 334-501-3140, the anonymous tip line at 334-246-1391 or the 24 hour non-emergency number at 334-501-3100.

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