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Murder Charge Expected; Authorities Confirm Aniah Blanchard’s Remains

Posted on | November 27, 2019 | No Comments

Ibraheem Yazeed, 29 (left) is suspected of murdering Aniah Blanchard, 19 (right).

She disappeared Oct. 23:

Authorities have positively identified the remains found in rural Macon County as those of Aniah Blanchard.
“It is with heavy hearts that we announce that the Alabama Department of Forensic Sciences has positively identified the remains as those of Aniah Haley Blanchard,’’ according to an Auburn Police press release.
“At this point, the case will move forward as a homicide investigation, and additional charges are forthcoming.” . . .
Human remains were found Monday during a search in the 38,000 block of County Road 2 in Shorter, Alabama. . . .
“That would have been the worst scenario, is that we were not be able to find and give the answers to this family,” said Auburn Police Chief Paul Register Wednesday afternoon. “We have spoken to the family. Obviously, they are heartbroken but at least they can now begin to deal with this and move forward.”
Officials are still waiting to learn the cause and manner of her death, said District Attorney Brandon Hughes.
Once that happens, Hughes said he and Register would discuss what additional charges might be filed in the case. Hughes said he will not comment on a possible time frame in which upgraded charges could be filed.
The announcement of the identification came exactly five weeks after Blanchard was last seen alive. Her disappearance sparked an outpouring of concern and support.
“I am heartbroken for the family of Aniah Blanchard,” Governor Kay Ivey said after Blanchard’s body was identified. . . .
Three people have been arrested in connection with Blanchard’s disappearance.
Ibraheem Yazeed, 29, and Antwain “Squirmy” Fisher, 35, are charged with first-degree kidnapping. Yazeed is being held in the Lee County Jail without bond. Fisher remains held on $50,000 bond. Authorities said Fisher “provided material assistance to Yazeed by providing transportation to Yazeed, and disposing of evidence,’’ according to court records.
David Lee Johnson Sr., 63, is charged with hindering prosecution. Authorities say he knew his son allegedly drove Yazeed to Florida, but instead told investigators Yazeed left his home with an unidentified woman. Johnson has been released on bond.
The Southern Union College student from Homewood was officially reported missing Thursday, Oct. 24. She last communicated with a friend late on the night of Oct. 23. Police said her vehicle was seen in the early-morning hours of Oct. 24 along South College Street.
Police recovered the teen’s black 2017 Honda CRV from an apartment complex on the 6100 block of Boardwalk Boulevard in Montgomery around 6:15 p.m. the following evening, which was Friday. A citizen reported the vehicle to police.
Charging documents against Yazeed state that blood evidence was discovered in the passenger’s compartment of the vehicle and was “indicative of someone suffering a life-threatening injury.” The evidence was submitted to the Alabama Department of Forensic Sciences and confirmed to be that of Blanchard.
Video evidence from the convenience store at 1599 South College Street placed both Blanchard and Yazeed at the store during the same time. “This was the last time she was seen,” Mixon wrote. A witness later identified Yazeed as the individual.
Yazeed has a history of arrests for violent crimes.

So far, not a single prominent feminist has commented on this case of “violence against women.” Their silence is so . . . mysterious.

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