Prosecutors asked the court for a kidnapping suspect’s DNA on Tuesday, amid the ongoing search for an Alabama teen who has been missing since last month.
WIAT reported that Lee County Assistant District Attorney Garrett Saucer filed a motion requesting buccal swabs from Ibraheem Yazeed, 30. Yazeed remains jailed on first-degree kidnapping charges in connection with 19-year-old Aniah Blanchard’s disappearance from an Auburn convenience store on October 23.
Prosecutors made the request a day before Yazeed’s preliminary hearing. During Wednesday’s hearing, the judge will determine whether there is sufficient evidence for the case to go to a grand jury. If presented to the grand jury, they will decide if Yazeed should be indicted on first-degree kidnapping charges.
WIAT reported that the motion regarding Yazeed’s DNA would be addressed during tomorrow’s preliminary hearing.
Prior to her disappearance, Blanchard had reportedly spoken with a friend and told her roommate in Snapchat messages that she was meeting a man. However, a witness at the convenience store on the night in question reportedly saw Yazeed forcing Blanchard into her car—which was found damaged and covered in her blood at a Montgomery apartment complex two days later.
Surveillance footage reportedly showed Yazeed at the convenience store around the time Blanchard vanished. At the time of Blanchard’s disappearance, Yazeed was out on bail on attempted murder charges—despite having a lengthy criminal history which includes arrests for kidnapping and robbery.
Blanchard was described as being 5 feet 6 inches tall, weighing approximately 125 pounds, and having brown eyes and brown hair. She was reportedly last seen wearing a black dress, tan duck boots, and black stockings.
Anyone with information regarding Aniah Blanchard’s whereabouts, or an accident involving her vehicle, is urged to contact the Auburn Police Division Detective Section at 334-501-3140 or the anonymous tip line at 334-246-1391.
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[Featured image: Aniah Blanchard/Facebook; Ibraheem Yazeed/Escambia County Sheriff’s Office]