Authorities announced on Wednesday that a female body found in North Carolina on Tuesday was indeed 13-year-old Hania Aguilar, who was abducted from her driveway earlier this month.
WRAL reports that missing teen Hania Aguilar was found in a body of water in Robeson County, off of Wire Grass Road, at around 4:45 p.m.
“Preliminary tests indicate that the body was Hania,” Lumberton Police Chief Michael McNeill during a press conference on Wednesday. “But the final confirmation will be done by dental comparisons.”
So far, authorities have no suspect or person of interest in the case. Authorities urged the public to “quit spreading rumors on social media” and instead, pray for the girl’s family.
“Don’t spread your speculations about this case,” FBI supervising Agent Andy De la Rocha said. “Every logical lead that comes into the tip line….we follow up thoroughly. By putting things out there that are blatantly false and are not released by the Lumberton Police Department, the FBI, the SBI, the Robeson County Sheriff’s Office, [or] the North Carolina Highway Patrol are false. They’re misleading; they’re simply inaccurate.”
As CrimeOnline previously reported, Hania vanished November 5 from her own driveway at the Rosewood Mobile Home Park in Lumberton. She walked outside at around 6:58 a.m. to start her aunt’s SUV up, when an unknown man wearing all black clothing and a yellow bandana over his face approached her and forced her into the vehicle before driving it away.
Police found the vehicle abandoned a few days later, off of Quincey Drive in Lumberton after someone called 911 after spotting it. The FBI’s evidence response team is processing the vehicle for evidence.
Authorities asked anyone in the area with surveillance cameras to look closely for anything that may be of interest in the case, which led to surveillance footage of the Wire Grass Road area.
The story is still developing. Check back with CrimeOnline as additional details become available.
[Feature Photo: Hania Aguilar/Handout]