Friend of UFC fighter’s missing stepdaughter says ‘this is completely out of character for her’

UFC heavyweight fighter Walt Harris’ missing stepdaughter Aniah Haley Blanchard vanished after texting her roommate that she was out with a guy, according to loved ones pleading for the 19-year-old’s safe return. 

Blanchard was last heard from on Wednesday night in Auburn, Alabama. The black Honda CRV she was driving was found 50 miles away in Montgomery on Saturday with significant damage to the passenger’s side. 

The teen’s best friend, Summer Whatley, spoke to Good Morning America on Monday morning as the search entered day five and said nothing was amiss the last time she spoke to Blanchard.   

‘This is completely out of character for her,’ Whatley said. ‘This isn’t just something that she wanted to get up and run away. 

‘This is a very serious matter and something has happened.’ 

Blanchard, a Homewood native who attends Southern Union State Community College in Wadley, reportedly Snapchatted her roommate around 11.30pm Wednesday and told her that she was out with a ‘young man’ she had just met.  

She did not disclose how or where she met him. 

That was said to be the last time that Blanchard was heard from before she disappeared. Family members reported her missing on Thursday morning. 

 

Aniah Haley Blanchard’s best friend Summer Whatley (right) has issued a desperate plea for the 19-year-old’s safe return five days after she went missing in Alabama 

Blanchard, the stepdaughter of UFC heavyweight fighter Walt Harris, was last heard from on Wednesday night in Auburn, when she contacted her roommate via Snapchat and said she was out with a 'young man' she'd just met

Blanchard, the stepdaughter of UFC heavyweight fighter Walt Harris, was last heard from on Wednesday night in Auburn, when she contacted her roommate via Snapchat and said she was out with a ‘young man’ she’d just met

The black Honda CRV Blanchard was driving was found 50 miles away from Auburn in Montgomery on Saturday with significant damage to the passenger's side

The black Honda CRV Blanchard was driving was found 50 miles away from Auburn in Montgomery on Saturday with significant damage to the passenger’s side

'This is completely out of character for her,' Blanchard's friend Summer Whatley (pictured) told GMA on Monday. 'This isn't just something that she wanted to get up and run away. 'This is a very serious matter and something has happened'

‘This is completely out of character for her,’ Blanchard’s friend Summer Whatley (pictured) told GMA on Monday. ‘This isn’t just something that she wanted to get up and run away. ‘This is a very serious matter and something has happened’

Leading the search efforts is Blanchard’s stepfather Harris, who has been using his Instagram and Twitter accounts to ask that people contact him or call Alabama’s Auburn Police Department if they have any information about her whereabouts. 

‘Please help find my baby Aniah Blanchard. She is missing [in] Auburn,’ Harris wrote in the caption of an Instagram post with two photos of his stepdaughter. 

‘Please help!!!! Any info message me on here or call the Auburn police … PLEASE SHARE THIS!!!!’ 

Blanchard’s car was found Friday at an apartment complex in Montgomery, Alabama, after being reported to police by a citizen at about 6.15pm. It’s unclear what prompted the citizen to report the car’s location. 

Police said that the car had sustained damage between the time that it was last seen in Auburn and when it was found about 50 miles away in Montgomery. 

Photos released by authorities show damage to the right front side of the car, as well as what appears to be scrape marks along the front passenger side door. The left side of the car appears to be undamaged.   

Leading the search efforts is Blanchard's stepfather Harris, who has been using his Instagram and Twitter accounts to ask that people contact him or call Alabama's Auburn Police Department if they have any information about her whereabouts

Leading the search efforts is Blanchard’s stepfather Harris, who has been using his Instagram and Twitter accounts to ask that people contact him or call Alabama’s Auburn Police Department if they have any information about her whereabouts 

Harris posted these pictures of Blanchard on Facebook Thursday, asking for help finding her

Harris posted these pictures of Blanchard on Facebook Thursday, asking for help finding her

Blanchard's black 2017 Honda CRV was reported to police by a citizen Friday evening

Blanchard’s black 2017 Honda CRV was reported to police by a citizen Friday evening

Blanchard's car was said to have been found parked at this Montgomery apartment complex

Blanchard’s car was said to have been found parked at this Montgomery apartment complex

Blanchard’s mother, Angela Haley-Harris, told WSFA that Blanchard had driven from Auburn with her brother to North Alabama to attend a funeral with Haley-Harris Wednesday morning.

On their way home, Blanchard and her brother stopped in Homewood at about 8.30pm to see Harris, before returning to Auburn. 

Haley-Harris said that when Blanchard dropped her brother off at his home, she told him that she might go out that night, but that he told her not to do it because she was tired and needed to go to work the next day. 

Later that night, Haley-Harris said that Blanchard’s college roommate chatted with her via Snapchat, asking if she was on her way home. Blanchard apparently told her roommate that she was out with guy.  

Haley-Harris said that Blanchard’s debit card was used that night at 11.20pm in Auburn and that her cell phone ‘went dark’ after 11.57pm. 

Blanchard's parents, including her mother, Angela Haley-Harris (in grey), and stepfather Harris (right) are seen pleading for information about the teen's whereabouts on Instagram

Blanchard’s parents, including her mother, Angela Haley-Harris (in grey), and stepfather Harris (right) are seen pleading for information about the teen’s whereabouts on Instagram

Blanchard's debit card was last used Wednesday night at 11.20pm and her cell phone was said to have gone 'dark' after 11.57pm that night

Blanchard’s debit card was last used Wednesday night at 11.20pm and her cell phone was said to have gone ‘dark’ after 11.57pm that night 

Police were said to have figured out where Blanchard’s phone had last pinged off a cell tower and been searching the area. 

Although police said that there were no signs of foul play involved with Blanchard’s going missing, Haley-Harris said that it was unlike her daughter not to get in contact with her parents or return home. 

She did not show up for work Thursday, either.  

Blanchard is described as a light-complexioned black female, who is 5 feet 6-inches tall and weighs bout 125 pounds, with brown eyes and brown hair. She was last seen wearing a black dress and tan duck boots with black stockings. 

Anyone with information about Blanchard’s disappearance or the collision that damaged her car is asked to call police at 334-501-3140 or the anonymous tip line at 334-246-1391.  

Harris posted a video on Instagram Saturday, in which the family noted that they have not set up a GoFundMe page for donations, telling people interested in donating money to their search not do so via GoFundMe.

Instead, the family said that it had created a PayPal account under the email address: FindAniahBlanchard@gmail.com.

Prior to her disappearance, Blanchard (left in orange) had driven her brother to a funeral in north Alabama

The teen then stopped at her parents' home to see Harris (pictured) before going to Auburn

Prior to her disappearance, Blanchard (left in orange) had driven her brother to a funeral in North Alabama, then stopped at her parents’ home to see Harris (right) before going to Auburn

Harris (pictured in May) and Blanchard's relatives have been out searching for the missing girl

Harris (pictured in May) and Blanchard’s relatives have been out searching for the missing girl



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