Prosecutor To Seek Death Penalty Against Man Accused Of Killing Hania Aguilar

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A North Carolina prosecutor says he will seek the death penalty against the man accused in the kidnapping, rape and murder of a teenager.

News sources report Robeson County District Attorney Matt Scott voiced his intentions at a hearing Thursday in the case of Michael McLellan, who is charged with first-degree murder and other offenses.

The body of 13-year-old Hania Aguilar was found in a body of water about 10 miles south of the mobile home park where she was kidnapped last November.

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A man has been charged in connection with the kidnapping, rape, and murder of 13-year-old Hania Noelia Aguilar.

Lumberton Police and the F.B.I. say 34-year-old Michael Ray McLellan has been charged with First Degree Murder, First Degree Forcible Rape, Statutory Rape of a Person 15 Years of Age or Younger, First Degree Sexual Offense, Statutory Sex Offense With A Person 15 Years of Age or Younger, First Degree Kidnapping, Felony Larceny, Felony Restraint, Abduction of a Child, Concealment of a Death.

Michael Ray McLellan

McLellan was in law enforcement custody on unrelated charges at the time of his arrest. He is currently being held at the Robeson County Detention Center without bond.

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It has been one month since 13-year-old Hania Aguilar was abducted from her home in Lumberton, and authorities are still trying to find her killer.

Officials say the FBI, Lumberton Police and several other agencies have been working to determine how and when Hania may have died. Her body was found three weeks after her abduction, in a body of water off of Wire Grass Road.

The FBI says the NC Medical Examiner’s Office is still trying to fully confirm Hania’s identity by using dental records. They’re also in the process of conducting an autopsy and toxicology tests to determine how she may have died.

There is no word on when those results will be available.

Authorities are still asking for any information or surveillance video that may be available in connection to Hania’s case. Please call the tip line at 910-272-5871.

Original Story (November 29, 2018):

LUMBERTON, N.C. – After a three-week long search, investigators believe they have found the body of 13-year-old Hania Aguilar. The teen’s body was discovered about a 20 minute drive from the home where she was kidnapped November 5th.“We are absolutely devastated. I wish we had a different outcome for Hania’s family, for the community that she lived in,” said Lumberton Police Chief Michael McNeill.

Tips from the public led police to a marshy, wetland area off Wire Gress Road in Robeson County.  FBI and investigators with the Lumberton Police Department discovered the body submerged in water. They say the location is not visible from the road, and her body would not have been obvious to passers-by.

Final confirmation will be done using dental records, then an autopsy will determine her cause of death.

“I’m sorry. I’m so sorry that this baby had to go through this. She didn’t deserve this,” says Lumberton resident Anita Hunt.

Hunt came to the police department to show her support for the family. Her stepson was missing for three years.

Now attention turns to finding out who killed Hania.

“We have to find out how she died and who did this to her. And we have to bring the person or persons responsible to justice,” says FBI Senior Supervisory Resident Agent Andy de la Rocha.