The human remains found in Alabama are confirmed to be that of Aniah Blanchard.

It was reported on Monday that human remains found in Macon County, Alabama were suspected to be Blanchard’s.

It has now been confirmed by officials that it is in fact hers following a positive identification. As a result, her case will be moved forward as a homicide investigation.

The 19-year-old stepdaughter of UFC heavyweight Walt Harris had been missing since late last month.

Since then, three suspects have been arrested with the first one in Ibraheem Yazeed reportedly being seen by a witness “forcing Blanchard into a vehicle against her will and then leaving with her in the vehicle.”

The whole mixed martial arts community made a collective effort to find Blanchard as a result. Unfortunately, it came to a tragic end.

UFC president Dana White confirmed the news of Blanchard’s death on Twitter:

“Law Enforcement has confirmed to us that it is Aniah that they found,” White wrote. “I’m devastated to hear this news. I’m heartbroken for Walt and his family. Thank you everyone for the support including the local and state Alabama law enforcement, media, athletes, managers and fans.

“My condolences go out to everyone that was touched by Aniah’s story and tried to help bring her home.”

Everyone at LowKick MMA sends their condolences to the Blanchard family.


Experienced freelance sports writer covering mixed martial arts (MMA) extensively for the last few years. Likes a good body shot.