Auburn police say work is not done after arrest of suspect in Aniah Blanchard’s disappearance

Auburn police say work is not done after arrest of suspect in Aniah Blanchard’s disappearance

AUBURN, Ala. (WTVM) - Hours after a groundbreaking arrest in the Aniah Blanchard case, the captain of the Auburn Police Department said there’s still a lot of work to be done.

“We’re relieved that we have him off the streets, but at the same time, the work begins to find Aniah Blanchard’s whereabouts. The challenge in all of this is we have an area between Auburn and Montgomery which encompasses over 50 miles,” Capt. Lorenza Dorsey explained.

Search crews have been actively working and searching for the teen before and after Thursday night’s arrest of Ibraheen Yazeed, a suspect in her disappearance.

“He was out on bond for a kidnapping and attempted murder charge at another jurisdiction back in February of this year. So, that shows his violent tendency and it’s kind of concerning that he was out,” said Dorsey.

He said it’s been a long and extensive process for an arrest to be made. Yazeed became a person of interest as the last person in the convenience store with Blanchard the night she went missing October 23 in downtown Auburn.

New evidence from a probable cause affidavit filed for the arrest of Yazeed states there was a life-threatening amount of blood evidence from Blanchard found in her vehicle. It was tested by the Alabama Department of Forensic Sciences after her vehicle was found by police in Montgomery days after she was reported missing. Police said Yazeed was found and arrested in Escambia County, Florida.

“We’re having to go through that process to get it done to where he’s transported back and extradited back to Alabama,” Dorsey explained.

Police said hopefully, they can put an end to the search soon to bring peace to Blanchard’s family.

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