New details have emerged in the case of a missing teen who was abducted from her own yard in Lumberton, North Carolina, as the FBI joins in on the search efforts to find her.
CBS17 reports 13-year-old Hania Aguilar walked outside of her home at the Rosewood Mobile Home Park a little before 7 a.m. to start up her aunt’s SUV and wait for a school bus to take her to school, where she’s an 8th grader. A male dressed in all back and a yellow bandana over his face approached the young girl, forced her into the SUV an abducted her from her own driveway.
The suspect drove away with the girl in a green 2002 Ford Expedition with South Carolina license plate number, NWS 984. Paint on the hood of vehicle is fading and it has a Clemson sticker on the back window. Witnesses who saw the man couldn’t get a good description of him with the bandana covering his face. The vehicle turned left onto Elizabethtown Road as the suspect drove away.
The victim’s sister, Heylin Perez, said the family asked the girl to wait for them before going outside, but Hania went outside anyway and started up the vehicle, according to WRAL. Heylin said they heard Hania scream out but the family couldn’t get to her in time.
“She just got the keys and started to turn it on. And somewhere out of nowhere the man came in and took her away.”
Authorities are checking surveillance footage in the area, doing door-to-door questioning and going through around 50 tips, according to Lumberton Police Chief Mike McNeil.
“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.”
McNeil said he’s not sure at this point if the suspect has any weapons on him.
“All we know is that she was forced into the vehicle. Right now all we want is to get this young girl back to her family.”
Hania is a student at Lumberton Junior High School. School officials have made counselors and social workers available to friends and peers, according to Public Schools of Robeson County spokesperson, Tasha Oxendine.
The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC) reports that Hania is described as a Hispanic female with black hair and brown eyes. She stand 5-feet tall and weighs around 126 pounds. She was last seen wearing a blue shirt with flower prints and blue jeans.
Anyone with any information is urged to contact Sgt. Pete Locklear of the Lumberton Police Department at 910-671-3845.
Check back with CrimeOnline as additional details become available.
[Feature Photo: Hania Aguilar/Handout]