North Carolina Amber Alert: SUV Used to Kidnap Hania Aguilar Found

Zachary Stieber
By Zachary Stieber
November 8, 2018US News
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The SUV used to kidnap a 13-year-old North Carolina girl was found on Nov. 8, authorities said.

Hania Noelia Aguilar was kidnapped on Nov. 7, from her front yard in Lumberton and forced into a stolen green 2002 Ford Expedition with the South Carolina license plate NWS-984.

An unknown male with a yellow bandana obscuring his face kidnapped her, officials said in an Amber Alert.

Officials on Nov. 7 said they’d spotted the SUV on a surveillance camera near Aguilar’s home. On Nov. 8, the FBI said they’d found the SUV but not the girl or the kidnapper.

The SUV was discovered just before 8 a.m. off Quincey Drive in Lumberton.

A reward of $15,000 for information leading to the resolution of the case is being offered. Officials planned to give an update in a 3:30 p.m. press conference.

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Hania Noleia Aguilar was abducted from her front yard in Lumberton, North Carolina on Nov. 5, 2018, prompting an Amber Alert. (Lumberton Police Department)
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FBI says the SUV used to abduct Hania Noelia Aguilar is similar to this vehicle parked in the victim’s driveway. (FBI)

Vigil

Family members and friends held a vigil late Wednesday asking the kidnapper to release the teenager.

“I don’t know who you are, but I know you have a heart,” Hania’s mother said.

“I just want my daughter back with me. I’m here waiting for you. I love you and only care about you. And I don’t have anything against whoever did this to you—I just want you back,” she said on Nov.6, in a statement read by Andy Delarocha, a senior supervisory resident agent with the FBI

The suspect could not be identified as of yet.

“Witnesses can’t describe the suspect other than he had a yellow bandanna over his face. After grabbing the child he forced her into the Green Ford Expedition and stole it and drove away,” Lumberton Police Department Capt. Terry Parker said in a news release obtained by WPDE.

Delarocha said any tip could be the one that breaks the case.

“Sometimes, people think they don’t have important information to share. Please, let us decide. Call the tip line,” he said.

The Lumberton Police Department’s special tip line for the public is 910-272-5871.

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