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Authorities issued an arrest warrant for a 30-year-old man in the disappearance of Aniah Haley Blanchard, the 19-year-old who went missing in late October, CBS Birmingham affiliate WIAT reported. He is a black man in his 20s, believed to be between 5-foot-8 and 5-foot-10 and approximately 200 pounds.

Blanchard, 19, was reported missing on October 23, after last communicating with a friend just before midnight.

Further investigation and analysis of evidence has determined that Yazeed was at the same location Blanchard was last seen and was involved in "taking Aniah against her will", police said.

Police had previously released surveillance video of Blanchard inside the convenience store on South College Street. The overall reward is believed to be priced at $105,000 for information on Blanchard's disappearance.

Yazeed and several others were arrested earlier this year on charges of attempted murder, kidnapping and first-degree robbery in an incident that left a 77-year-old man severely beaten. Yazeed is now out on bond for the charges of kidnapping and attempted murder from another jurisdiction. The U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force is working with other agencies to find Yazeed, whom police consider armed and unsafe.

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Investigators initially said they didn't believe Blanchard was the victim of foul play, but evidence has since been recovered from her auto indicating that she was harmed, police said late last month.

Anyone with information about this individual should call the Auburn Police Division Detective Section at 334-501-3140, the anonymous tip line at 334-246-1391, or the 24 hour non-emergency number at 334-501-3100.

The Auburn Police Division, Montgomery Police Department and nine other law enforcement agencies are working on the case and operating as a task force. According to Auburn police, she last talked to a friend just before midnight on October 23. They said it was recorded just before her SUV was seen traveling southbound on South College Street.

Blanchard was reported missing on October 24. Officials say Blanchard may be the victim of foul play.

Auburn Police Chief Paul Register said investigators were keying in on the area between Auburn and Montgomery.

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