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Alabama police believe a body that was found in Macon County may be the remains of missing college student Aniah Blanchard, 19.

Authorities have "strong reason to believe" the remains may be Blanchard, Lee County District Attorney Brandon Hughes confirmed to the Montgomery Advertiser Monday afternoon.

Ibraheem Yazeed was the first suspect arrested on Nov. 7 in connection with Blanchard's disappearance. Blanchard was last seen on surveillance video at a convenience store in Opelika on Oct. 23.

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Aniah's remains were found in a wooded area shortly before 11 a.m. Monday. The discovery was announced before a second suspect, Antwain "Squirmy" Fisher, appeared in court on kidnapping charges.

A third suspect, David Johnson Jr., was arrested in connection with Blanchard's disappearance. Johnson, of Montgomery, was arrested and charged with hindering prosecution, Lee County District Attorney Brandon Hughes confirmed to the Montgomery Advertiser news.

Blanchard's car, a black 2017 Honda CR-V, was found abandoned at an apartment complex in Montgomery, Alabama, nearly 60 miles away from where she was last seen alive.

There was extensive damage to the right bumper, right wheel well and right passenger side door. Her family said the car was not damaged when they last saw her earlier that day.

Evidence recovered from inside the car led investigators to believe Blanchard was harmed and a victim of foul play.

Blanchard is the stepdaughter of heavyweight UFC MMA fighter Walt "Big Ticket" Harris, 36. He used social media and his contacts in the UFC community to help get the word out about her disappearance.

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Police in Fort Worth, Texas released dramatic body cam photos of the moment they rescued an 8 year old girl from a pedophile who snatched her off the street in broad daylight.

Video footage from a doorbell Ring camera shows the moment the girl was snatched from her mother's arms by 51-year-old Michael Webb.

The girl, who is not identified because she is the victim of a sex assault, was walking with her mother in a Fort Worth, Texas neighborhood in May, when Webb drove alongside them, exited the vehicle, and snatched the child.

The frantic mother fought with Webb but he managed to overpower her and take the girl. The mother's screams were captured on a Ring doorbell. "Help me! Help me! Please! My daughter just got kidnapped!"

The woman's screams brought neighbors out of their homes. Witnesses were able to give police a good description of the kidnapper's vehicle.

8 hours later, police and tactical SWAT teams surrounded a hotel where Webb was staying with the child. He hid her in a large hotel laundry basket and warned her not to make a sound.

Police body cam video shows the moment police dragged the naked kidnapper out of the hotel room and rescued the little girl.

"When they find her, you hear how just emotional it is for everyone. They are just so happy and relieved that they have her," said Erin Nealy Cox, US attorney for the Northern District of Texas.

Webb broke down in tears when he told investigators he scoped out the neighborhood before making his move. "I scoped it out pretty good... I know I missed somebody because, when I pushed the woman and grabbed her, I heard somebody screaming," said Webb.

He was convicted in September and sentenced to life in prison on Nov. 14. He also faces sexual assault charges in a separate case in Tarrant County.
 

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A father and daughter have been charged with felony kidnap and rape after a 40-year-old Las Vegas woman was left for dead in the California desert.

Stanley Alfred Lawton, 54, and Shaniya Nicole Poche-Lawton, 22, were arrested after military personnel found the women off a highway near Edwards Air Force Base north of Los Angeles early Wednesday.

Father and daughter reportedly held the woman captive for a week. She was cold and suffering from exposure to the elements. The woman was kidnapped on Oct. 30.

They face charges of kidnapping to commit robbery, attempted murder, kidnapping from outside the state, forcible rape and 3 counts of first-degree ATM robbery.

Both have felony convictions in California according to KTNV. Lawton, who has multiple children, has been in court for failure to pay child support.

"He's got a lot of kids. He's got a lot of family. He's got a lot of friends that would never expect this from him," said neighbor John Henderson.

Lawton and his daughter are scheduled to appear in a California court to answer to the felony charges on Nov. 12.

Stanley Lawton's bail is set at $4.5 million.

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A suspect has been arrested in the disappearance of Alabama college student Aniah Blanchard, 19.

Ibraheem Yazeed was taken into custody by U.S. Marshals in Florida late Thursday, Nov. 7, according to published reports. Yazeed was booked into the Escambia County Jail at 2:32 a.m. on Friday, Nov 8. He was treated for injuries he sustained while resisting arrest.

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Yazeed, 30, was out on bond in a different kidnapping and attempted murder case. A judge revoked his bond on Thursday. He was arrested in 2012 for attempted murder and again in February 2019 for kidnapping and attempted murder.

Blanchard was last seen at a gas station convenience store in Auburn, Alabama, near her apartment on Oct. 23. The suspect, Yazeed, was also seen on surveillance video in the same convenience store at the same time.

Blanchard had communicated with her roommate just before midnight on Oct. 23. She said she was on her way home, but minutes later she sent another text telling her roommate she was with someone named "Eric".

When her roommate asked who Eric was, Blanchard texted back, "I just met him." Her family reported her missing on October 24.

Two days later, Blanchard's car, a black 2017 Honda CR-V, was found abandoned at an apartment complex in Montgomery, Alabama, nearly 60 miles away from where she was last seen alive.

There was extensive damage to the right bumper, right wheel well and right passenger side door. Her family said the car was not damaged when they last saw her on Oct. 23.

Evidence recovered from inside the car led investigators to believe Blanchard was harmed and a victim of foul play.

Blanchard is the stepdaughter of heavyweight UFC MMA fighter Walt "Big Ticket" Harris, 36. He used social media and his contacts in the UFC community to help get the word out about her disappearance.

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Harris first met Blanchard when she was 3 years old in 2003, when he started dating her mother, registered nurse and entrepreneur Angela Haley-Harris.

He said Blanchard and her older brother, Elijah, felt like his biological children. "I knew I had to protect her and take care of her," Harris says.

Harris said Blanchard has a "heart of gold." Years ago, when his wife worked the night shift at a hospital, Blanchard helped out with her two younger siblings, his and Angela's biological children. She was very responsible and helped to change their diapers, he said.

"She's a selfless kid and she always put people before her," Harris says. "She has a huge heart. She's my everything."

"It's hard, trying to stay strong," Harris tells PEOPLE magazine. "[But] as the head of my house I have to say strong because I know she needs me to be strong to find her."

Blanchard's biological father, Elijah Blanchard, is hopeful she will be found alive. "We say a special prayer every night for our daughter's safety," he said.

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Mr. Blanchard left his family when his children were very young. He is married to prominent Alabama attorney Yashiba Glenn-Blanchard. The Blanchards are pictured on the left with Aniah Blanchard's mother and stepfather, right.

"Her family loves her, and we want her home," Elijah Blanchard told The Montgomery Advertiser on Monday. "She's special to me. She's special to our family. She's special to her friends."

"It's heart-wrenching because Aniah is such a people person," Elijah Blanchard told The Advertiser. "For someone to try to take advantage of that, someone who was probably just trying to be nice and try to go home, it's heart-wrenching."

He denied social media reports that his daughter arranged to meet a man she met on a dating app. Mr. Blanchard said that's not in her character.

"I never thought twice that Aniah was meeting anyone at any time of night. I just know her personality and the type of girl she is. My daughter was at the wrong place at the wrong time," he said.

A task force of a dozen law enforcement agencies, including the FBI, Department of Homeland Security, the Auburn Police Department, and Alabama Department of Forensic Sciences, are involved in the investigation.

Reward money for information in the case has grown to $105,000.

This post was edited to correct the date of Yazeed's arrest.

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Forensic evidence recovered from a car belonging to missing 19-year-old student Aniah Blanchard shows she was the victim of foul play, according to officials.

Blanchard, who attended Southern Union Community College in East Alabama, went missing on Oct. 23.

Her damaged black 2017 Honda CR-V was located two days later at an apartment complex in Montgomery, about an hour away from Auburn.

Auburn police examined evidence recovered from the car and "determined that she was harmed and is considered to be a victim of foul play," officials said, according to KCTV5. Police didn't describe the evidence found in the car.

Blanchard was last seen on surveillance footage on Oct. 23 at a convenience store in Auburn. Police dismissed rumors that she ran away and doesn't want to be found.

"She had been with her family earlier that day. Very close with people here in Auburn, roommates," Auburn Police Chief Paul Register told CNN affiliate WFSA. He added that it was unusual for her to be out of contact with her family.

Blanchard is light skinned with long hair, 5-foot-6-inches tall, and weighs about 125 pounds. She was last seen wearing a black dress, tan duck boots and black stockings.

Blanchard is the step-daughter of Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) fighter Walt Harris. The total reward for information in the disappearance of Blanchard has increased to $80,000, including $25,000 donated by UFC athlete Jon Jones and an additional $25,000 contributed by an anonymous family from Homewood, Alabama, according to KCTV5..

Previously, UFC president Dana White contributed $25,000 to Alabama Governor Kay Ivey's initial $5,000 reward.

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Birmingham police have recovered the body of 3-year-old Kamille McKinney in a dumpster. The little girl, affectionately known as "Cupcake" disappeared after attending a birthday party at a housing project on Saturday, Oct. 12.

Birmingham police and FBI agents found the body in a dumpster on Tuesday, Oct 22, Al.com reports.

"We found the remains of a child that we believe to be Kamille," said Police Chief Patrick Smith on Tuesday.

"This is a tough moment for this city. This is a tough moment for this family," said Mayor Randall Woodfin.

"More than ever, this family needs us all," Woodfin said. "So tonight, we mourn as one."

Police released surveillance footage on Friday that shows a man approach Kamille as she played in the front yard of a residence at the Tom Brown Village housing project around 8:30 p.m. on Saturday.

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The man was positively identified as Patrick Stallworth, 39, who was arrested last week with his girlfriend, 29-year-old Derick Irisha Brown.

Police plan to charge Stallworth and Brown with capital murder and kidnapping in Kamille's death, said Smith.

"We believe that this was something they thought about and acted upon and they saw an opportunity to take a young child, and they did," Woodfin said Tuesday. "At this moment that we're standing in, I ask one thing of this community: not to take sides and not to finger point. But if there is any finger pointing to do it is only at the perpetrator, who would kidnap an innocent 3-year-old."

Stallworth was released from police custody after posting $500,000 bond last week. Police had hoped he would lead them to the child's body. He was re-arrested on Tuesday night. Brown is still being held without bond on unrelated charges of kidnapping her own children.

Stallworth owned a Toyota Sequoia similar to the one a witness saw fleeing the scene after a man snatched Kamille off the street.

He was charged with multiple counts of possessing child pornography on his cell phone with intent to distribute.

Kamille's mother did not give interviews at the request of the police, Smith said.

"We did not see the benefit of throwing the mother in front of the camera," Smith said.

Kamille's father, Dominic, was very vocal while his daughter was missing.

He said she would never get in the car with a stranger.

"She's not no little girl that's going to go get in the back. She's not friendly like that," Dominic said.

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Actress Kristen Bell showed her support for 3-year-old Kamille McKinney who vanished from a Birmingham, AL housing project after attending a birthday party on Oct. 12.

The 39-year-old "Gossip Girl" star posted a photo of Kamille on her Instagram story. She asked her followers to keep an eye out for the child known affectionately as "Cupcake".

"Spread the word, Blavity fam! [sic] Let's help bring Cupcake home," Bell captioned the photo. She included an emoji of Black praying hands.

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Police released surveillance footage on Friday that shows a man approach Kamille as she played in the front yard of a residence at the Tom Brown Village housing project around 8:30 p.m. on Saturday.

Kamille was last seen wearing a pink t-shirt, leopard print shorts, and yellow, white, and blue hair bows. She was not wearing shoes. She is 3 feet tall and weighs 60 pounds.

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The man is a suspect in Kamille's disappearance. He has been identified by police but his identity has not been released.

Police conducted a grid search in a 2 mile area just north of Springville Road near Huffman Road. The area is frequented by the suspect seen in the surveillance footage.

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A witness saw a man pull Kamille into a dark Toyota Sequoia SUV on the night she disappeared. Kamille's father, Dominic, said Kamille probably knows the person who took her. He said she would never get in the car with a stranger.

"She's not no little girl that's going to go get in the back. She's not friendly like that," Dominic said.

The FBI has expanded the search for Kamille across state lines into Georgia.

Anyone with information on Kamille's whereabouts is asked to call Crime Stoppers at (205) 254-7777 or contact the FBI's Toll-Free Tipline at 1-800-CALL-FBI (1-800-225-5324) or the Birmingham Police Department’s South Precinct at 205-254-2793.

There is a $33,000 reward. Callers can remain anonymous.

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Birmingham police have released new surveillance video from the night Kamille "Cupcake" McKinney was kidnapped, Al.com reports.

The video was captured by a surveillance camera positioned about a block away from where 3-year-old Kamille and another child played outside a public housing project on Oct. 12.

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The video shows one man walk by the children without stopping. A second man, who has a distinctive limp, walks by and the children are seen leaving with him.

The video has no sound and police say the timestamp is incorrect. Kamille was abducted between 8 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. on Oct. 12. A witness saw a man pull Kamille into a blue Toyota Sequoia SUV that sped away.

Police later located the vehicle that was owned by one of two persons of interest who were detained in the case.

 

Police say the man with the limp is a suspect in the case. They declined to say if the man is in custody.

"Through our investigation and through statements, we've pretty much been able to identify the children and the second gentleman," Police Chief Patrick Smith said on Friday. "What we're trying to do is close the loop on the third individual in the video who was the first one who walks by as the children are playing."

He added: "We want to see if he has additional information or if he saw something that night that may be critical in this investigation."

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A person of interest in the case, Patrick Devone Stallworth, 39, of Birmingham, was detained briefly and released on $500,000 bond.

Stallwort was charged with 4 counts of possession of child pornography with the intent to distribute after images were found on his cell phone.

His girlfriend, Derick Irisha Brown, 29, also of Birmingham, is being held with no bond on unrelated charges of kidnapping her three children.

Crime Stoppers is offering a $33,000 reward for information in the case.

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One of two people detained in connection with a missing 3-year-old Alabama girl has been freed on bond.

Patrick Devone Stallworth, 39, and his girlfriend, 29-year-old Derick Irisha Brown, were taken into custody as persons of interest in the abduction of Kamille "Cupcake" McKinney.

Stallworth was charged with multiple counts of possession of child pornography with the intent to distribute after investigators found the images on his cell phone. None of the images were of Kamille. Both suspects denied any knowledge of the missing girl.

Jail records obtained by AL.com show Stallworth posted a $500,000 bond at 3:22 a.m. Thursday.

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Brown remains in jail with no bond. She is being held on unrelated charges of abducting her three children from DHR custody. Police say Brown also goes by the name Quentesa Jackson.

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Kamille was abducted by 2 people from a child's birthday party on Saturday, Oct. 12. Witnesses say she was pulled into a dark SUV parked outside a public housing project in Birmingham around 8:30 p.m.

A statewide Amber Alert was issued for Kamille, but Police Chief Patrick Smith said precious time was lost because the family delayed reporting her missing for several hours.

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Hopes were dashed on Wednesday after the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office falsely reported Kamille was found safe around noon.

An hour later, Birmingham Police confirmed Kamille was still missing and had not been found, despite the Jefferson Co. Sheriff's confirmation of her location.

A Crime Stoppers reward for information in the case has increased to $26,000.

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A 3-year-old girl who was kidnapped by 2 suspects in Alabama is still missing after false reports that she was found safe on Wednesday.

Kamille McKinney, nickname "Cupcake", was abducted by 2 people from a child's birthday party on Saturday, Oct. 12. Witnesses say Kamille was pulled into a dark SUV parked outside a public housing project in Birmingham around 8:30 p.m.

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A statewide Amber Alert was issued and two suspects were taken into custody. But Police Chief Patrick Smith said precious time was lost because the family delayed reporting her missing for several hours.

Hopes were high on Wednesday when the Jefferson County Sherif's Office reported Kamille was found safe around noon.

Jefferson County Sheriff Mark Pettway said Kamille had been found alive and was being checked by medical personnel, according to WRBI.

But an hour later, Birmingham Police confirmed Kamille was still missing and had not been found, despite the Jefferson Co. Sheriff's confirmation of her location.

Sheriff Mark Pettway told CBS 42's Art Franklin in a phone call that he had received misinformation from one of his deputies in the field.

Two persons of interest are in custody and police located the Toyota Sequoia SUV Kamille was last seen in.

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Patrick Devone Stallworth, 39, of Birmingham (pictured left) was charged with multiple counts of child pornography with intent to distribute. He is being held on $500,000 bond. And Derrick Irisha Brown, 29, (pictured right) also of Birmingham, is being held with no bond for an unrelated kidnapping.

Both suspects denied abducting Kamille.

Chief Smith said it is possible Kamille is being moved around to different locations. He addressed the kidnapper directly during a press conference.

"I wanted to reach out to just one individual. If you know where Kamille is... if you have her and you're not sure what to do... I want to give you safe passage," Smith said.

Crime Stoppers is offering a $20,000 reward in addition to the governor's $5,000 reward.

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A 2-year-old girl was found dead in a park near Pittsburgh, 3 days after she was kidnapped by a rideshare driver who claimed the girl’s father sold the child to another woman for $10,000.

Nalani Johnson's body was found on Tuesday at Pine Ridge Park in Indiana County near Pittsburgh, police say.

On Monday, police filed kidnapping charges against Sharena Nancy, 25, according to KDKA. She will also be charged with murder.

Police say Nancy is in a relationship with the 2-year-old's father, Paul Johnson.

Nancy told police the baby's father instructed her to drop the child off with another woman after he sold her for $10,000. But Johnson denies the allegation.

Just after 5 p.m. on Saturday, Johnson called police. He was "crying and visibly upset" when police arrived.

He told police that he and his daughter were in Nancy's vehicle, a Toyota Yaris with Uber and Lyft stickers on the windshield. A "friend" was also in the car.

He said Nancy drove approximately 20 miles south along route 22 to Blairsville, Indiana County. At the intersection of Bryant and Clay Drives in Penn Hills, police say Johnson told them the vehicle stopped so he could get out, but when he went to reach for his daughter, Nancy drove off with Nalani still strapped in her child safety seat.

He said he called Nancy's cell phone repeatedly but she never answered.

Nancy was stopped by a Penn Hills police officer around 7:30 p.m. Saturday. The toddler and her car seat were not in the car. Nancy was arrested and charged with kidnapping.

She told police that the girl’s father sold Nalani to another woman for $10,000 and Nancy was to drive the girl "20 minutes from a gas station in Monroeville along Route 22."

She said she turned the child and the car seat over to the unidentified woman.

The FBI's Child Abduction Response Deployment team joined local police in the search for Nalani.

Johnson's mother Taji Walsh denied Nancy's claim that her son was involved in his daughter's disappearance. "We don’t know her personally," Walsh said, adding that her son would not be walking around free if he was somehow involved.

An autopsy will be performed on Nalani to determine the cause and manner of death.

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Houston police continue their frantic search for a 4-year-old girl allegedly abducted by three Hispanic males "sometime Friday night" in Sugar Land, Texas. An Amber alert was issued for Maleah Davis on Saturday after the girl's stepfather, Derion Vence, claimed he was carjacked by three males and dropped off along with his 1-year-old son in Sugar Land.

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The mystery surrounding the disappearance of 13-year-old Jayme Closs is over. Jake Thomas Patterson, 21, was taken into custody Thursday and charged with two counts of first-degree murder in the shooting deaths of Jayme's parents, Denise and James Closs, and one count of kidnapping.

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Alabama police arrested a career criminal in connection with the armed robbery and kidnapping of an Alabama nursing student who made a daring escape from her car trunk.

Manuel Towns was arrested and charged with kidnapping in the first degree, robbery in the first degree and two counts of fraudulent use of a credit card, according to NBC News.

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President Barack Obama weighed in on a headline-grabbing hate crime committed by 4 young black people on a mentally disabled white man in his hometown of Chicago.

In two separate interviews on Thursday, President Obama referred to the attack as a "despicable" and "terrible" hate crime.

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The FBI are investigating whether a Montana woman who was reportedly kidnapped actually locked herself in the trunk of her car and committed suicide.

Rita Maze, 47, of Great Falls, Montana, called her husband and police on Tuesday and said she was kidnapped from a highway rest stop and stuffed in her car trunk.

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