AUBURN, Ala. (EETV) - The Alabama Department of Forensic Sciences has positively identified human remains found in Shorter, Alabama as those of Aniah Blanchard.

Auburn Police and Fire Divisions searched dozens of areas before locating the remains in a wooded area in the 38,000 block of County Road 2 in Shorter. They were assisted by  the Alabama Law Enforcement agency’s SBI Unit, a team of Anthropologists from Florida Gulf Coast University, the Alabama Department of Forensic Sciences, the Macon County Sheriff’s Office.

According to police, the case will move on as a homicide investigation, and additional charges are forthcoming.

“I am heartbroken for the family of Aniah Blanchard,” said Governor Ivey. “Like Alabamians across our state, I was praying for a much different outcome. I will be keeping them in my prayers and ask the people of Alabama to continue to do so as well. During this holiday season, it is easy to get distracted in the hustle and bustle, but I urge us all to remember those that are hurting. I appreciate the diligence of the Auburn Police Division, the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency, and the many volunteers who were searching for Aniah. She is indeed loved and will be remembered by us all.”