Blanchard was last seen on October 23 in Auburn, Alabama, at a Chevron gas station.
Her body was found Monday in a wooded area of Macon County, Alabama.
More than a week later, Ibraheem Yazeed, one of the persons of interest in Blanchard's disappearance, was arrested in Pensacola, Florida and charged with first degree kidnapping. Police charged two other men with either helping dispose of evidence or hindering the investigation. She is the stepdaughter of UFC heavyweight Walt Harris.
A homicide investigation is now underway. After she disappeared, her black Honda CR-V was found abandoned more than 50 miles away at an apartment complex in Montgomery. According to Lee County District Attorney Brandon Hughes, upgraded charges are possible once the cause and manner of death are confirmed after medical examination. The following day, she was reported missing by her family after she never came home.
Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey said that she was heartbroken for Blanchard's family.
"Obviously, they are heartbroken, but at least they can now begin to deal with this and move forward", he said. "Like Alabamians across our state, I was praying for a much different outcome. I shall be keeping them in my prayers and query the opposite folks of Alabama to continue to total so as correctly".
Police arrested three people in the disappearance of the college student last month.
Auburn police detective Josh Mixon said that Blanchard's blood was found in the vehicle and that it appeared she had suffered a life-threatening injury. It is with heavy hearts that we announce that the Alabama Department of Forensic Sciences has positively identified the remains as those of Aniah Haley Blanchard.
Following Yazeed's arrest, a second suspect named Antwain Fisher was taken into custody and also charged with first-degree kidnapping. "But at this point we don't have knowledge she knew him".