Police are seeking the public’s help in identifying a man seen inside an Alabama convenience store where the stepdaughter of UFC fighter Walt Harris was last spotted on Oct. 23.
Auburn police released an image of the man late Wednesday showing him inside the store during the time that 19-year-old Aniah Blanchard was.
Blanchard was reported missing the next day. Her black 2017 Honda CRV was later found abandoned at an apartment complex more than 50 miles away, in Montgomery. Police said the car contained evidence that Blanchard had been harmed.
Police say they want to speak with the man as part of the investigation into Blanchard’s disappearance.
“As part of the ongoing joint investigation with the Auburn Police Division and the Montgomery Police Department into Aniah’s disappearance, investigators are seeking to identify the individual in the video and speak with him,’’ officials said in a press release.
A total of about $105,000 is being offered as a reward for information in the case leading to the arrest of those involved.
Blanchard’s family and friends attended a prayer vigil Wednesday at Sixth Avenue Baptist Church in Birmingham. More than 250 people were in attendance, including Blanchard’s father, Elijah Blanchard, and her stepmother, Yashiba Blanchard, according to al.com.
Elijah Blanchard told the Montgomery Advertiser he believes his daughter his alive, but “if it wasn’t for prayer, I couldn’t make it.”
The Associated Press contributed to this report.