AUBURN, AL. (THECOUNT) — Disturbing new details were released Thursday in the search for missing 19-year-old Aniah Blanchard as police confirm evidence located in her vehicle indicate Blanchard was “harmed” and the victim of foul play.
Investigators said Thursday that evidence discovered inside Blanchard’s vehicle, recovered in Montgomery on Friday, determined Blanchard was injured and is considered to be a victim of some form of foul play.
“The Auburn Police Division continues to diligently investigate the disappearance of Aniah Haley Blanchard who was reported missing by her family on October 24, 2019. In that effort, Auburn and Montgomery Police as well as nine other local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies working on the case are operating as a task force,” said Captain Lorenza Dorsey
Investigators say, a black 2017 Honda CR-V belonging to Blanchard, 19, has been recovered at an apartment complex.
“The Auburn Police Division and Montgomery Police Department are still requesting assistance from the public regarding any information on the location of Aniah and her vehicle between Wednesday, October 23, 2019, and today,” said Dorsey.
Law enforcement sources say Blanchard’s vehicle was located in an apartment complex off Atlanta Highway.
Auburn police are working with Montgomery police to process the vehicle at the scene.
Blanchard is still missing.
Police are asking for the public’s assistance in determining the whereabouts of Blanchard.
She was reported missing to Auburn Police on Oct. 24. She last communicated with a friend on Wednesday night, Oct. 23, just before midnight. Police have said her vehicle was seen in the early morning hours along South College on the 24th, reports WRBL.
An investigation into determining her whereabouts is now entering day two. Friday afternoon investigators said there is no evidence of foul play; however, the investigation will continue until her whereabouts are determined. It is not known if finding the vehicle will change the tone of the investigation.
Aniah is described as a light-complexioned black female, 5’-6”, 125 lbs., brown eyes, and brown hair and was last seen wearing a black dress, tan duck boots with black stockings.
Anyone with information regarding Aniah is encouraged to call the Auburn Police Division Detective Section at 334-501-3140, the anonymous tip line at 334-246-1391 or the 24-hour non-emergency number at 334-501-3100.
*Vehicle photographed is strictly for visual representation, not actual photograph.
Geo quick facts: Auburn is a city in eastern Alabama. On the Auburn University campus, the sprawling Donald E. Davis Arboretum has a collection of native plants. The Jonathan Bell Lovelace Museum documents the university’s athletics history. The Jule Collins Smith Museum has art from the 18th–21st centuries. South of Auburn is Chewacla State Park with trails and a large lake. Southwest, Tuskegee National Forest is home to wild deer – wikipedia.