Reward for Missing Aniah Blanchard's Return Upped to $105,000
"I have to have her back," Angela Harris, Aniah's Mother, told WBRC.
The reward for any information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person responsible for Aniah Blanchard's disappearance has grown to $105,000.
The teen's loved ones continue to make an emotional plea for her return.
"I want somebody please, please if you know something. I have to have her back. I have to have her back," Angela Harris, Aniah's Mother, told WBRC.
The chief executive officer of Dominance MMA, Ali Abdelaziz, recently pledged to add $25,000 to the pool of reward money raised.
Alabama governor Kay Ivey had already contributed $5,000. And UFC president Dana White Dana, UFC fighter Jon Jones and a local family who remained anonymous each pitched in $25,000.
"She is my best friend. I had her on my birthday. We have a special bond. It's different," Angela added.
Blanchard went missing on Oct. 23. The last known video of the 19-year-old college student shows her walking through a convenience store in Auburn, Alabama.
Investigators are now looking into whether she'd met someone afterward.
"For her going to be meeting somebody on her own after that fact, I just don't think that knowing Aniah like I know her that is not something she would have done," Aniah’s stepfather, UFC fighter Walt Harris, told WBRC.
Two days after her disappearance, Blanchard’s car was found in front of a Montgomery apartment complex with damage to the passenger side.
Police say evidence found inside that vehicle indicates she was harmed.
Blue ribbons dot homes in Blanchard's community to keep her on everyone's mind.
"It's overwhelming to say the least. I've gotten so much love and messages. My wife as well. Our family has been embraced during this moment," Walt said.
A non-profit, Texas EquuSearch, has joined in the search for Blanchard. The organization has been involved in several high-profile missing persons cases, including Natalee Holloway, WBMA reports.
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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