Judge Orders DNA Testing in Case of Missing Aniah Blanchard

OPELIKA, Ala. (AP) – Lee County District Judge Russell Bush is ordering DNA testing for the man charged with kidnapping, in the disappearance of missing 19-year-old Aniah Blanchard.

Judge Bush ordered 29-year-old Ibraheem Yazeed to submit a DNA sample to authorities.

The college student is the stepdaughter of UFC fighter Walt Harris, of metro-Birmingham. She was last seen on Oct. 23 in Auburn. She remains missing.

The judge ordered testing during a hearing on Wednesday as prosecutors revealed male DNA evidence was found in Blanchard’s car.

Bush also refused bail for Yazeed. He hasn’t entered a plea in the case.

Court documents quote a witness as saying he saw Yazeed force Blanchard into a car.

The witness was in town staying at a nearby hotel. He did not come forward initially because the lady he was staying with told him to stay out of it. After feeling remorseful, he decided to come forward. He was seen in tears on the witness stand regretting not saying anything sooner.

After looking at surveillance video, investigators believe it was a chance encounter between Blanchard and Yazeed. Yazeed was paying for an alcoholic beverage when Aniah walked into the store.

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