1:13 PM PT — Officials have now arrested a THIRD person in connection with Aniah’s disappearance.
David Johnson Jr. was taken into custody in Montgomery, AL and has been charged with hindering prosecution, according to prosecutors.
Heart-breaking news in the search for Aniah Blanchard … cops believe they found the 19-year-old’s body in a wooded area in Alabama.
Cops have been searching for Aniah ever since she was abducted from a Chevron station on Oct. 23. Blanchard is the step-daughter of UFC fighter Walt Harris.
Days after her disappearance, officials had found Aniah’s car, which was covered in blood … and believed she had suffered a fatal injury during the kidnapping.
Cops hunted down Ibraheem Yazeed — the prime suspect — who was seen at the gas station with Blanchard in the moments before her abduction. He was arrested in Florida after leading cops on a pursuit and suffered a busted eye during the apprehension. He’s since been charged with 1st-degree kidnapping.
Now, terrible news … cops say they found human remains in Macon County, Alabama and they believe it’s Aniah.
“I can confirm that human remains have been found in Macon County on County Road 2 and we have good reason to believe they are that of Aniah Blanchard,” Lee County District Attorney Brandon Hughes said.
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