Lee County District Attorney Brandon Hughes has released a statement to announce that that human remains have been discovered that authorities believe are the 19-year-old college student who was first reported missing over a month ago.
"I can confirm that human remains have been found, and we have good reason to suspect they are that of Aniah Blanchard," Hughes said in the statement.
Blanchard, who is the stepdaughter of UFC heavyweight Walt Harris, reportedly told a friend that she was going to meet a guy named "Eric," who she first connected with on a dating app.
"Certainly, we are exploring the possibility that she met someone," Captain Lorenza Dorsey said.
"During the course of the ongoing investigation into the disappearance of Aniah Blanchard, investigators obtained information regarding the possible location of a body," Auburn Police said in a statement. "On November 25, 2019, at approximately 10:45 a.m., Auburn Police, along with members of the Task Force, Lee County DA's Office, U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force, ALEA and Montgomery County Sheriff Office, responded to a wooded area in the 38,000 block of County Road 2 in Shorter, Alabama.
"After a brief search by Investigators they located what appeared to be human remains several feet into the woodline. A complete investigation is underway by ALEA 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 who went missing on October 24, 2019."
On Monday, police revealed that they had arrested a third suspect in connection with her disappearance. David Johnson Jr. was arrested in Montgomery, Ala. and charged with hindering prosecution in relation to Blanchard's disappearance.