Tragic Find in Search for Kidnapped NC Teen

Authorities found body in search for Hania Aguilar
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 28, 2018 5:17 AM CST
Body Found in Search for Kidnapped Teen
This photo provided by the Lumberton Police Department shows Hania Noelia Aguilar.   (Lumberton Police Department via AP)

A body has been found in the search for a North Carolina teenager who was kidnapped from outside her home by a man with a bandanna over his face on Nov. 5. The FBI and Lumberton police say the body has not positively identified, but the family of 13-year-old Hania Noelia Aguilar has been notified out of an "abundance of caution," NBC reports. "Investigators with the FBI, Lumberton PD, the SBI, and the Robeson County Sheriff’s Office were following leads related to the search for 13-year-old Hania Aguilar when the discovery was made," the FBI said in a statement.

Hania, an eighth-grader at Lumberton High School, was last seen waiting for a ride to school when a man dressed all in black forced her into her family's SUV and drove away. Authorities described her as approximately 5 feet tall with long black hair, brown eyes, and braces. The abandoned SUV was found three days after the kidnapping. Authorities say the body was found near Wire Grass Road in Robeson County, which is one of three roads the FBI had requested video surveillance of, the News & Record reports. (More missing person stories.)

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