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UFC Fighter's Plea: 'Please Help Find My Baby'

Damaged car of Aniah Blanchard, Walt Harris' teen stepdaughter, is found, but there's no sign of her
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 28, 2019 10:50 AM CDT
Teen Stepdaughter of UFC Fighter Vanishes
Walt Harris celebrates after defeating Andrei Arlovski in a heavyweight mixed martial arts bout at UFC 232 on Dec. 29, 2018, in Inglewood, Calif.   (AP Photo/Kyusung Gong)

(Newser) – The 19-year-old stepdaughter of UFC heavyweight fighter Walt Harris is missing. Aniah Haley Blanchard, a student at Southern Union State Community College in Wadley, Ala., was last heard from when she communicated with a friend Wednesday just before midnight, CNN reports. Her family reported her missing the next day. On Friday night, a resident reported an abandoned 2017 Honda CRV at an apartment complex in Montgomery, and it turned out to be Blanchard's, ABC News reports. It had damage, including scrapes to the passenger-side door, that police say was incurred after the time the vehicle was last seen on Wednesday. "Please help find my baby," Harris posted on Instagram Thursday, alongside pictures of Blanchard.

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"While the vehicle has been recovered, Blanchard has not been located," the Auburn Police Department said in a statement. "Anyone having information regarding the whereabouts of the vehicle between the 23rd and the 25th or witnessed an accident or other collision involving this vehicle is urged to contact the Auburn Police Division Detective Section at 334-501-3140 or the anonymous tip line at 334-246-1391." Blanchard's parents later posted a video and a follow-up message on Harris' Instagram noting that "scam" GoFundMe campaigns have been created in the name of finding Blanchard, and should not be donated to. (Read more missing teen stories.)

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