A second man has been arrested in the disappearance of Alabama college student Aniah Blanchard, as authorities continue to search for the missing 19-year-old.
Antwain “Squirmy” Fisher, 35, was arrested Friday by the Auburn Police Department and is facing charges of first-degree kidnapping, local station WSFA reports.
Lee County District Attorney Brandon Hughes announced the arrest; however, authorities have not provided any details about how they believe Fisher is involved in Blanchard’s disappearance.
Prosecutors and attorneys have been barred from speaking about the case because of a gag order in place, according to The Montgomery Advertiser.
Fisher’s arrest comes just weeks after another suspect, Ibraheem Yazeed, was arrested and charged with kidnapping in the case.
Police said a witness reported seeing Yazeed force Blanchard into a vehicle outside an Auburn convenience store around 11:30 p.m. on Oct. 23.
She has never been found; however, investigators said blood was found in the passenger side of her abandoned vehicle two days after she disappeared that suggests “someone suffered a life-threatening injury,” according to the charges filed against Yazeed.
Authorities said at the time that more arrests were possible in the case.
“That’s part of the investigation,” Auburn Police Capt. Lorenza Dorsey told WSFA. “We do not think that [Yazeed] acted alone. So we are continuing to look into that and explore that angle of the investigation.”
Authorities also continue to focus on finding Blanchard.
“We are doing everything that we can to locate Aniah and that’s our goal, and that’s what we’re working towards, to determine her whereabouts,” Dorsey said.
Blanchard, who is the stepdaughter of UFC fighter Walt Harris, was attending Southern Union Community College when she disappeared.
Yazeed was denied bond last week and was also ordered to supply a DNA sample. Investigators have said that male DNA was found inside Blanchard’s recovered vehicle, the local newspaper reports.
At the time of Blanchard’s disappearance, Yazeed was out on bond on attempted murder, robbery and kidnapping charges in another case. In that case, Yazeed is accused of beating two men in a hotel room, nearly killing one of them.
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