Hania Aguilar

FBI offers $25K while searching for killer of teen girl Hania Aguilar, ‘crime drop boxes’ set up for tips: Report

The FBI announced a $25,000 reward to anyone who provides valid information that leads to the party responsible for killing North Carolina teen, Hania Aguilar, who was found murdered close to a month after she disappeared.

FOX News reports that several “crime drop boxes” have been placed in areas around Lumbertown, North Carolina, giving people the option to submit tips anonymously in connection with the case, as well as information on any other crime. Hania, 13, was abducted from her driveway in Lumberton on November 5. Authorities found her body on November 27, around 10 miles south of the Rosewood Mobile Home Park, where she vanished from.

According to a witness, a man dressed in all black with a yellow bandana covering his face approached Hania after she started up her aunt’s SUV at around 6:58 a.m. on November 5. The man forced Hania into the SUV and drove away before anyone could stop him. Investigators found the SUV a few days later, abandoned several miles away from the mobile home park.

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According to ABC15, the Lumberton Police Department and Crime Block Incorporated partnered up to provide the crime boxes with hopes that someone with valid information will come forward and drop off a lead.

“They can utilize these boxes. They don’t have to fear of retaliation of turning in a criminal b placing information in this box,” Rev. Larry Williams, the developer of the crime boxes, said. “[They] don’t have to put their name on it. We just need a lead. We need some information– some vital information. I understand that there is nothing done under the sun where by somebody don’t know about. So there is some information out here that could be vital to this case.”

Investigators placed the crime boxes in the following locations in Lumberton:

  • IGAs, off of 1000 North Pine Street, 1002 East 5th Street, and 1733 Roberts Ave
  • P.J.‘s Shop N Save, off of 801 E. 2nd Street

Tips can also be called in directly to a tip line authorities set up specifically for Hania’s case at 910-272-5871.

As CrimeOnline previously reported, security camera footage released a few days after Hania disappeared showed a man walking toward the Rosewood Mobile Home Park on the same morning and around the time Hania was kidnapped. He wore a hoodie, a light shirt, and light shoes.

Although authorities have not named the man in the video as a suspect, they want to speak with him, but he has not come forward. Earlier this month, forensic psychologist Michael Teague told WRAL that people should watch the video closely, as the way the man walks and his clothing could possibly lead to his identity.

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[Feature Photo: Hania Aguilar/Handout]