Aniah Blanchard disappearance: Police release last-known footage of missing Alabama college student


Alabama authorities have released surveillance footage of a college student who disappeared last Wednesday, amid a days-long search for the missing teen.

The Auburn Police Department shared a short clip on Monday showing Aniah Haley Blanchard, a 19-year-old student at Southern Union State Community College, walking into a convenience store located on South College Street in Auburn, Ala., on Wednesday, Oct. 23.

Shortly after the video was taken, her vehicle, a 2017 Honda CR-V, was spotted traveling southbound on the same road, police say. Blanchard was reported missing on Thursday, after last communicating with a friend just before midnight.

On Friday, Oct. 25, Blanchard's car was discovered at an apartment complex in Montgomery, Ala., according to a press release. The vehicle had sustained damage since the last time it was seen, including scratches to the passenger-side door and damage to the front right fender.

Multiple law enforcement agencies have since joined in the search for the missing teen, including the Federal Bureau of Investigation, U.S. Marshal Service, the Department of Homeland Security, the Lee County District Attorney’s Office, Montgomery County Sheriff’s Department, Alabama Law Enforcement Agency, Alabama Fusion Center and the Alabama Department of Forensic Sciences.

On Monday, Ultimate Fighting Championship heavyweight Walter Harris, Blanchard's stepfather, took to social media to plead for the safe return of his missing step-daughter.

"Please help find my baby Aniah Blanchard," he shared on Instagram, alongside multiple photos of the girl. "Please help!!"

Blanchard is described as a black woman who is light in complexion, standing at about 5'6" and weighing 125 pounds. She has brown eyes and brown hair and was last seen wearing a black dress and tan duck boots.

Authorities ask that anyone with information regarding Blanchard's call 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.