Aniah Haley Blanchard Missing, Suspect Ibraheem Yazeed Wanted
AUBURN, Ala. – Authorities in Alabama are searching for a man wanted on a kidnapping charge in connection to the disappearance of a college student two weeks ago.
Auburn police said friends last heard from Aniah Haley Blanchard, 19, on Oct. 23. Authorities said they subsequently found her car and “determined that she was harmed and is considered to be a victim of foul play.”
Update 3:55 p.m. EST Nov. 7: Police said a person of interest sought in connection to Blanchard’s disappearance was identified Thursday as Ibraheem Yazeed, 30, of Montgomery, Alabama.
Blanchard was last seen at a convenience store in Auburn on Oct. 23. Authorities released surveillance images Wednesday of a man who was seen in the store around the same time who was subsequently identified as Yazeed, police said.
He is wanted on a warrant for first-degree kidnapping connected to Blanchard, officials said.
“Further investigation and analysis of the evidence has determined that Yazeed was at the same location Blanchard was last seen and is involved in taking Aniah against her will,” police said in a statement.
Authorities continue to search for Blanchard.
Original report: According to WRBL-TV, Southern Union College student Aniah Blanchard, 19, of Homewood, was reported missing Oct. 24, the day after she was last seen shopping at an Auburn convenience store.
“As part of the ongoing joint investigation with the Auburn Police Division and the Montgomery Police Department into Aniah’s disappearance, investigators are seeking to identify the individual in the video and speak with him,” the city said in a news release.
Authorities said the man, who is black and appears to be in his early to mid-20s, weighs about 200 pounds and stands 5 feet, 8 inches to 5 feet, 10 inches tall. He was wearing a camouflage Vans hoodie with dark shoes and pants, police said. Investigators believe the man drove away in a late 2000s Lincoln Town Car that is silver or gray.
The update came several days after police announced that they had discovered Blanchard’s black 2007 Honda CR-V, which had been damaged, at a Montgomery apartment complex on Oct. 25. Since then, multiple rewards, totaling $105,000, have been offered in the case, AL.com reported.
Auburn police described Blanchard, who has brown eyes and hair, as a light-skinned black woman who stands 5 feet, 6 inches tall and weighs 125 pounds. She was wearing a black dress with black tights and tan duck boots before she disappeared, police said.
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