It’s one month into the search for Aniah Blanchard, and police make a grim discovery in woodland in Alabama. Yes, investigators find human remains that will later be confirmed as those of the missing teen. And when one famous sportsman and his family find out the terrible news, their worlds will no doubt be completely shattered.
Blanchard hailed from Homewood, a suburb of Birmingham, Alabama. At 19 years old, it appeared that she had a bright future ahead of her. She was living in Auburn in Lee County, AL, and attended Southern Union State Community College, which has a number of campuses dotted throughout East Alabama.
When Blanchard was still in high school, she had shown a talent for softball. As a result, her father, Elijah, asked her if she’d considered joining a college team. However, the student was seemingly eager to focus her efforts on her general education while she figured out the discipline in which she might want to specialize.
As previously suggested, you see, Blanchard had the world at her feet in the early days of her college education. There were many avenues open to the teenager – and she was still mulling over what she wanted to do in life. These potential career avenues included education, art and perhaps even business.
So, not only did Blanchard have an exciting path ahead of her, but her family also wanted to stress that she had a kind heart and a generosity of spirit. In November 2019 her father Elijah told Alabama daily newspaper the Montgomery Advertiser, “Aniah is a nurturing person. She likes to make sure [that] everybody is okay.”