Walt Harris's stepdaughter Aniah Blanchard was reported missing in Auburn, Alabama on October 23; based on forensic evidence, police believed there had been foul play. A week later, a suspect in the case, Ibraheem Yazeed, 29, was captured in Florida. On November 25, Aniah Blanchard's remains were found in Shorter, Alabama.
Yazeed has a long criminal history dating back to 2011 that includes multiple counts of attempted murder, robbery, aggravated assault, possession of crack cocaine, battery of a police officer, possessing a pistol without a permit, and kidnapping. He now faces the death penalty.
“There was an autopsy done. The medical examiner ruled that Aniah Blanchard was killed in the manner of homicide. The cause of death was a gunshot wound,” said Lee County District Attorney Brandon Hughes in a press conference, as reported by Brian Lyman for the Montgomery Advertiser. “The process of seeing justice done for Aniah and her family will not be swift, but I can promise it will be thorough."
“This case has absolutely shaken our community to its core. It is my intention that the response to this horrific crime be a warning to anyone, anyone who believes they want to come to Lee County and engage in violent criminal behavior. They will certainly be dealt with, and the consequences will be severe.”
Two other men, Antwain “Squirmy” Fisher, 35, and David Lee Johnson Jr., 63 have been arrested in connection with the murder, but are not believed to be directly involved.
Yazeed was “the lone person responsible in this case for abducting Aniah Blanchard," sadi Hughes. "He is the lone person responsible for Aniah’s murder.”