Police: Body found in NC is kidnapped teen; no suspects in custody

Crime & Safety

LUMBERTON, N.C. (WRAL) – Authorities have confirmed that a body found Tuesday in North Carolina was that of missing teen Hania Aguilar.

“Preliminary tests indicate that the body was Hania,” said Lumberton Police Chief Michael McNeill. “But the final confirmation will be done by dental comparisons.”

Authorities say Hania, 13, was abducted on Nov. 5 from outside her home by a man dressed in black and a yellow bandana.

He is said to have snatched her while she was starting her aunt’s vehicle and waiting for other family members to come outside.

Authorities say they have not identified a person of interest in the case. They urge anyone with information to call their tip line at 910-272-5871.

A reward for information leading to an arrest still stands at $30,000.

The body was found Tuesday afternoon in a small body of water in Robeson County less than 10 miles from the girl’s home. The FBI says it was not an obvious find and that “where she was was not visible from the road.”

On Nov. 8, authorities found an SUV that the teenager was apparently forced into by her abductor. The SUV was found several miles from her home.

The body found Tuesday was found a few miles farther away.

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