Reward Increased To $25,000 In Search For Kidnapped Lumberton Teen
On Tuesday, the FBI announced that the reward offered for information leading to Hania Aguilar’s whereabouts has been increased to $25,000.
Hania’s mother also released another statement regarding her daughter’s disappearance:
“I trust in God that my daughter will return. No one knows the pain I have in my heart. Despite all the criticism and speculation against me, I would never use my daughter’s name in order to take advantage of this situation.
I thank all those people who have provided me help. Please, if you know something, call. I ask everyone not to make absurd comments. For the love of God respect my pain. I only want Hania, my princess, back. I miss her.”
CharMeck Alerts sent out the following notification Tuesday afternoon saying CMPD was investigating a possible sighting of 13-year-old Hania Aguilar in the Charlotte area.
“Please stand by for an important message. The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department is investigating a possible sighting of an Amber Alert missing person.
Hania Noelia Aguilar, missing from Lumberton, NC, was possibly seen in the area of Grier Road and Old Concord Road.
Hania is a Hispanic female, thirteen years of age, 5 feet, and 125 pounds. She has black hair and brown eyes.
If you know of her whereabouts, please call 9-1-1.
Por favor mantegase en la linea. La policia de Charlotte-Mecklenburg, esta investigando un posible avistamiento de una persona desaparecida de la cuidad de Lumberton, NC. Hania Noelia Aguilar, fue vista en la area de Grier Road y Old Concord Road. Hania es Hispana, trece años, mide 5 piez, pesa 125 libras. Ella tiene pelo negro y ojos café.
Si usted sabe donde esta ella, por favor llame al 9-1-1.”
WCCB reached out to CMPD about the alert. They say officers did respond to an Attempt to Locate call for service near Reagan Drive and West Sugar Creek Road. The call was in reference to a possible AMBER Alert sighting, police say.
The FBI says someone in Charlotte did report seeing someone who looked like Hania. At this time however, investigators say there is no reason to believe the report is accurate.
If you see or have any information on Hania’s whereabouts, please contact the tip line at 910-272-5871 or 911.
Update (Posted November 9, 2018):
The FBI has released surveillance footage of a person seen walking near the scene of the kidnapping. Anyone with information on the identity of this individual or any other information on the case is asked to call the FBI tip line at 910-272-5871.
The person seen in the video above is not considered a suspect at this time, according to investigators.
The FBI and Lumberton Police Department pleaded with the public Friday afternoon during a news conference to please come forward with any information that may help them identify the man in the video.
Officials also announced an additional $5,000 reward being offered by the state for information that may lead to Hania’s whereabouts. That brings the total reward being offered to $20,000.
You can watch the entire news conference below.
Update (Posted November 8, 2018 at 11am):
The FBI says the stolen SUV used in the kidnapping of Hania Aguilar has been recovered. The vehicle was located just before 8am off Quincey Road in Lumberton.
The FBI’s Evidence Response Team will process the vehicle. The search for Hania continues. If you live or own a business on or around Quincey Road and have a video surveillance camera system please call the FBI tip line at 910-272-5871.
Original Story (Posted November 7, 2018):
LUMBERTON, N.C. — An Amber Alert is still in effect for a teen who was abducted in Lumberton on Monday, according to the FBI and North Carolina Department of Public Safety.
Hania Noelia Aguilar, a 13-year-old Hispanic female, was reportedly kidnapped while waiting outside to go to school. The suspect has been described as a man dressed in all black who was wearing a yellow bandana over his face when the abduction took place.
It happened just before 7am in the yard of a home in the Rosewood Mobile Home Park on Elizabethtown Road, according to Lumberton Police Captain Terry Parker.
Parker says the girl was forced into a stolen green 2002-2003 Ford Expedition with South Carolina license plate number NWS-984. Investigators say the vehicle also has peeling paint on the hood and a Clemson decal on the rear window.
The FBI has released surveillance video they say was taken in Lumberton and shows the actual suspect vehicle. Authorities are asking anyone in the Lumberton area who may have a camera or surveillance system with the ability to save video to please contact the Lumberton Police tip line at 910-272-5871.
The FBI has also released the 911 call made shortly after Hania’s disappearance. You can listen to that call by clicking here: Lumberton Amber Alert 911 Call
Officials say the call was made by a neighbor around 6:54am after a relative ran to her home looking for help.
Hania is described as a Hispanic female, 5 feet tall, roughly 126 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes. She was last seen wearing a blue shirt with flowers and blue jeans.
A $15,000 reward is now being offered by the FBI for any information leading to the location of Hania Aguilar. Authorities ask that anyone with information, no matter how small, please come forward and speak to an investigator or call the tip line.
Officials say Spanish speaking investigators from Fort Bragg have been added to the search to help gather any information that may be available from possible witnesses.
The FBI says Hania’s mother has asked for the following statement to be released on her behalf:
“I just want my daughter back with me. I am here waiting for you, I love you, and I only care about you and I don’t have anything against whoever did this to you. I just want you back.”
Anyone with information on this Amber Alert is asked to call 911 immediately. The Lumberton Police Department says the special tip line can be reached at 910-272-5871.