On Wednesday, authorities announced that forensic testing confirmed that human remains found on Monday were that of missing Alabama teen Aniah Blanchard.
Lee County officials said Blanchard’s case is now a homicide and that the three suspects will face upgraded charges. WIAT reported that police received a tip early Monday which led them to Shorter off County Road 2, where they discovered the teen’s body in a wooded area near a church.
Blanchard, 19, was reportedly abducted from an Auburn convenience store on October 23. So far, two men have been charged with Blanchard’s kidnapping.
One of the suspects, Ibraheem Yazeed, 30, was reportedly caught on the convenience store’s surveillance cameras around the time of Blanchard’s disappearance. A witness at the store that night claimed he saw Yazeed force the teen into her car.
Two days after her disappearance, Blanchard’s car was found damaged and covered in her blood at an apartment complex in Montgomery. Reports indicated that Yazeed and the second kidnapping suspect, Antwon Fisher, 35, live in Montgomery.
Authorities had previously said the amount of blood discovered in Blanchard’s car suggested she had suffered a life-threatening injury.
Fisher, who was arrested on Friday, allegedly provided Yazeed with transportation and destroyed evidence related to the ongoing investigation. A third man, David Johnson Jr., 63, was arrested on Monday on charges of hindering prosecution. The Commerical Dispatch reported that police have accused him of lying to about his son driving Yazeed from Alabama to Florida, where Yazeed was arrested on November 7.
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. Fisher has a 2005 felony murder conviction for fatally shooting a woman during a drug deal in Montgomery.
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