AUBURN, Ala. -
U.S. Marshals arrested a man late Thursday night in Escambia County, Florida, wanted on a kidnapping charge in connection to the disappearance of a college student in Alabama two weeks ago.
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Auburn police said friends last heard from Aniah Haley Blanchard, 19, on Oct. 23. Authorities said they subsequently found her car and "determined that she was harmed and is considered to be a victim of foul play."
On Thursday, police identified Ibraheem Yazeed, 30, as a suspect in the case. Authorities said he had been awaiting trial on unrelated charges of kidnapping and attempted murder.
Here are the latest updates:
Update 3:25 p.m. EST Nov. 8: Authorities found blood "indicative of someone suffering a life-threatening injury" inside missing Alabama college student Aniah Blanchard's car, according to a probable cause affidavit obtained by the Pensacola News Journal and the Montgomery Advertiser.
Forensic testing proved the blood was Blanchard's, according to the Advertiser.
Authorities said surveillance video from the convenience store in Auburn where Blanchard was last seen showed both she and Ibraheem Yazeed, 30, were in the store at the same time. A witness told authorities Yazeed was seen "forcing Blanchard into a vehicle against her will and then leaving with her in the vehicle," the Advertiser reported.
Friends told police they last heard from Blanchard on Oct. 23. She remained missing Friday.
Update 11 a.m. EST Nov. 8: Officials in Auburn have confirmed that Yazeed was arrested Thursday night in Florida.
He was being held Friday morning in Escambia County Jail pending extradition to Lee County, Alabama.https://www.boston25news.com/news/trending-now/aniah-blanchard-search-police-seek-person-of-interest-in-alabama-college-student-s-disappearance/1006001049