Parents of Missing Teen Aniah Blanchard Find Support With Natalee Holloway's Mom
The 19-year-old has been missing for two weeks.
As the search continues for missing Alabama college student Aniah Blanchard, who hasn't been heard from in over two weeks, her distraught parents are finding comfort with the mother of another young woman who disappeared.
Aniah’s mother, Angela Harris, and her stepfather, UFC fighter Walt Harris, spent some time with Beth Holloway, whose daughter Natalee Holloway has been missing since 2005. Angela said she thinks Beth is going to be a “great support” for the family.
"I followed Natalee's case and I've always admired her for her strength — just thought she was an amazing lady," Harris told ABC News of Beth.
Natalee, who was from Alabama as well, disappeared during a trip to Aruba after her high school graduation in 2005. Her case has never been solved, and authorities believe she is dead.
Police believe there was foul play involved in Aniah's disappearance. On Wednesday, the Auburn Police Department released images of a person of interest and asked the public to help identify the man who was captured on surveillance camera at the store where Aniah was last seen on Oct. 23.
Police described the man as in his 20s, 200 pounds and 5 feet, 9 inches tall. He was captured leaving the area about the time when Blanchard left in a late-2000s Lincoln Town Car, police said.
"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," police said in a statement.
Aniah’s vehicle, a black 2017 Honda CRV, was found a day after she was reported missing in Montgomery. The SUV’s front, left tire was damaged when authorities located it.
"We need her back; we have to have her back," Harris also told ABC News. “We can't live without her, we can't.”
If you have any information regarding Blanchard’s whereabouts, give Auburn police a call at 334-246-3140 or call their anonymous tip line at 334-246-1391.
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