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UFC Star Posts Plea For Help After 19-Year-Old Stepdaughter Goes Missing

Aniah Blanchard, the stepdaughter of MMA fighter Walt Harris, was last heard from on Wednesday; her car was found abandoned on Friday, and police are still searching for her.

By Sharon Lynn Pruitt

Ultimate Fighting Championship star Walt Harris is asking for the public’s help in locating his stepdaughter, a young woman who vanished late last week.

Aniah Blanchard, 19, was reported missing on Thursday, police in Auburn, Alabama said. The last person to hear from her was a friend whom she communicated with on Wednesday night, some time before midnight; her car, a black Honda CR-V, was then located at an apartment complex in Montgomery, Alabama on Friday, but Blanchard still has not been found, according to authorities.

Harris took to social media on Friday to share photos of his stepdaughter and ask followers to help spread the word.

“Please help find my baby Aniah Blanchard,” reads one graphic. Harris wrote in the caption, “Please help!!!! Any info message me on here or call the Auburn police (334) 501-3140 Please!!!”

Police say that Blanchard’s vehicle had been damaged since it was last seen on Wednesday. Photos shared by police show what appear to be damage to the left front side and tire.

Angela Haley-Harris, Blanchard’s mother, said that Blanchard told her roommate on Wednesday night that she was with a young man she’d just met, according to Birmingham’s WBRC. Blanchard’s debit card was last used on Wednesday night at around 11:30 in the Auburn area, but she did not come back home that night, nor did she show up for work as expected the following morning, Haley-Harris said. Blanchard’s phone also “went dark” on Wednesday night, according to her mother.

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Blanchard’s vehicle was located at the apartment complex in the 6100 block of Boardwalk Boulevard in Montgomery on Friday after an unnamed citizen called police to report the vehicle, authorities said.

Police describe Blanchard as a “light-complexioned black female” with brown hair and brown eyes; she is 5’6” and weighs 125 pounds. She was last seen wearing a black dress, black stockings, and tan duck boots, according to authorities.

Police have said that there is no evidence of foul play. They are asking anyone who may have information on Blanchard’s location to contact 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.