With the search continuing for information related to the whereabouts of UFC heavyweight Walt Harris’ teenage daughter, Dana White has contributed $25,000 to the reward fund as the mixed martial arts community pulls together to help locate Aniah Blanchard.
The 19-year-old has been missing since October 23 with Harris issuing a number of pleas on social media for information related to her disappearance. Several prominent figures in mixed martial arts, including Conor McGregor, have joined in on the appeal with UFC boss White the latest to give assistance, providing the sum of money to a reward fund.
White issues a tweet early on Thursday imploring anyone with information, no matter how seemingly insignificant, to get in touch with local authorities.
If anyone has any information on Aniah Blanchard, please call *HP or 911 immediately. Friends and fans please pass this video around. Thank you pic.twitter.com/4xDfcPMhGL
— Dana White (@danawhite) October 31, 2019
“Hey everyone, I’m UFC president Dana White,” he said. “I need your help. Aniah Blanchard is the 19-year-old daughter of one of the members of the UFC family, Walt Harris, and she’s gone missing. Aniah was last seen in Auburn, Alabama, on October 23rd.
“To help find Aniah, I’m contributing an additional $25,000 to Alabama governor Kay Ivey’s $5,000 reward to information leading to the arrest and conviction of the perpetrators involved in the disappearance of Aniah Blanchard. If you have any information on Aniah’s whereabouts, please call *HP or 911 immediately and please share this message and keep Aniah, Walt and their entire family in your thoughts. Thank you very much, I really appreciate it.”
A task force of around 60 investigators is currently working on the case, per BJPenn.com, with foul play now being suspected after Aniah’s car was discovered unoccupied in recent days.
Harris is scheduled to fight Alistair Overeem on December 7 and while no word has yet been issued about the status of the fight, it would come as little surprise if the bout was cancelled in light of Blanchard’s disappearance.