Authorities have "good reason" to believe that human remains found on a county road are that of UFC fighter Walt Harris' stepdaughter Aniah Blanchard,?an Alabama district attorney?told?The Associated Press on Monday.
"I can confirm that human remains have been found in Macon County on County Road 2 and we have good reason to believe that they are that of Aniah Blanchard," Macon County,?Lee County district attorney Brandon Hughes told the AP.
The Auburn police added in a statement, as reported by ESPN?that:?"A complete investigation is under way by [the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency] and Auburn Police to determine the identity and how the victim came to be at that location. The examination will explore if the remains are those of Aniah Blanchard."
The ESPN report added that the human remains were found several feet into the woods.
Blanchard, 19, was last seen Oct. 23 in Auburn, prompting a massive search for her. The UFC and many of its fighters helped Harris spread awareness via social media for his missing stepdaughter prior to Monday's somber news. Harris cancelled his slated Dec. 7 UFC Washington-headlining?fight against Alistair Overeem due to the situation involving his stepdaughter.
Blanchard's Honda CRV was abandoned 50-plus miles from a building?complex in Montgomery, Alabama, according to the AP. Auburn police detective Josh Mixon confirmed that Blanchard's blood was found in the vehicle, adding that she suffered a life-threatening injury, according to ESPN.?
Two people have been arrested in connection to her disappearance. One of them was?Ibraheem Yazeed. The 29-year-old?Yazeed was confirmed by tipsters as the man shown on?convenience store video footage buying a beverage and glancing over at Blanchard, according to Mixon. A man at the store notified authorities that he witnessed Yazeed force Blanchard into her CRV and drive off.