Human remains found in Macon County are those of 19-year old Aniah Blanchard, authorities said Wednesday. The case now moves forward as a homicide investigation, and additional charges are forthcoming, Auburn police said. Three men have been arrested.
Gov. Kay Ivey says she is "heartbroken" for Blanchard's family. "Like Alabamians across our state, I was praying for a much different outcome. I will be keeping them in my prayers and ask the people of Alabama to continue to do so as well. During this holiday season, it is easy to get distracted in the hustle and bustle, but I urge us all to remember those that are hurting. I appreciate the diligence of the Auburn Police Division, the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency and the many volunteers who were searching for Aniah. She is indeed loved and will be remembered by us all."
The Homewood college student disappeared last month. Police said she was abducted from outside an Auburn convenience store.