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Stolen SUV used in kidnapping of NC teen found in Lumberton, FBI says

LUMBERTON, N.C. (WNCN/WBTW/WNCT) - Authorities said that the stolen SUV used in the kidnapping of Hania Aguilar was found Thursday morning in Lumberton.

FBI said that the SUV was found off Quincey Drive in Lumberton around 8 a.m.

The FBI's Evidence Response Team will process the vehicle.

The search for Aguilar continues.

If you live or own a business on or around Quincey Road and have a video surveillance camera system contact 910-272-5871.

 

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Lumberton police and the Federal Bureau of Investigation released a photo Wednesday of the SUV wanted in connection with the kidnapping of 13-year-old Hania Aguilar on Monday morning.

The stolen 2002 green Ford Expedition was caught on a surveillance camera in Lumberton just minutes after the kidnapping occurred, according to the FBI.

On Tuesday afternoon, the FBI announced a $15,000 reward to the person who provides information that leads authorities to Hania Noleia Aguilar.

Lumberton Police Captain Terry Parker says a man grabbed  Aguilar from a yard in the Rosewood Mobile Home Park around 6:58 a.m. Monday morning. An FBI spokesperson said Wednesday that authorities want to speak with anyone who lives in the mobile home park

The man forced Aguilar into a green 2002 Ford Expedition registered to Velasquez Hernandez of Summerville, South Carolina. Aguilar was waiting for a ride to school when the incident happened. Officials said the SUV belongs to a relative of the teen.

Police say the kidnapping happened between lots 38 and 39 in the Rosewood Mobile Home Park. The green 2002 Ford Expedition was last seen leaving the mobile home park turning left onto Elizabethtown Road.

The vehicle has a South Carolina license plate NWS-984. The paint on the hood is peeling and there is a Clemson sticker on the rear window, according to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.

Aguilar had the keys and started the SUV so that a family member could take her to school.

A neighbor called 911 to report the kidnapping after a family member went to help Aguilar.

A Spanish translator was called to assist with the 911, the FBI said.

After grabbing the child and forcing her into the stolen SUV, the man drove away. Aguilar was wearing a blue shirt with flowers and blue jeans. She is 5 feet tall and weighs approximately 126 pounds.

During a noon news conference on Monday, officials said they were checking area surveillance cameras and performing a door-to-door search.

"We all feel devastated and sad, and we are wanting everyone's help to help us locate her, I hope God brings her back to us safe, she's a good girl, I don't know why they did that to her," said the victim's aunt Ermila Barrera.

Investigators had the neighborhood blocked off and are trying to find answers about what happened to her.

"Investigators are interviewing witnesses family and friends as well as conducting a door to door canvas in the neighborhood and checking any surveillance to find out any information we can," said Lumberton Police Chief Mike McNeil.

Aguilar lives at lot 102 3381 E. Town Road in Lumberton.

The AMBER Alert was issued at 9:54 a.m. Monday by the North Carolina Department of Public Safety.

According to the FBI, troopers with the North Carolina State Highway Patrol were operating the road block Tuesday morning along Elizabethtown Road, just outside the mobile home park. Troopers showed drivers a missing poster with Aguilar's photo and directed some drivers to a nearby area to speak directly to a detective.

The goal of the road block was to identify people who travel that route daily and may have seen something, FBI officials said.

Anyone who sees Aguilar or the stolen vehicle is urged to call Sgt. Pete Locklear at the Lumberton Police Department at 910-671-3845, 911 or *HP.

A special tip line has been set up for anyone to call with information on the teen - 910-272-5871. 


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