Accused kidnapper of missing Alabama college student to appear in court today

Published 6:42 am Wednesday, November 20, 2019

A preliminary hearing is scheduled for a man charged in the kidnapping of a missing college student who’s the stepdaughter of UFC heavyweight Walt Harris.

Ibraheem Yazeed is scheduled to appear before a judge Wednesday.

Yazeed is charged in the disappearance of 19-year-old Aniah Blanchard.

She was last seen Oct. 23 in Auburn, Alabama.

She hasn’t been found.

Prosecutors on Tuesday filed a motion seeking permission to take a DNA sample from Yazeed.

A judge said he will hear arguments on the request Wednesday.

Blanchard’s car was found abandoned more than 50 miles away.

Police said the car contained evidence that Blanchard had suffered a life-threatening injury.

The charging document says a witness identified 29-year-old Yazeed as the man he saw force Blanchard into a car.