SUV found, but teen still miss­ing; FBI seeks to ID per­son on video

The Charlotte Observer - - Front Page - BY CAMILA MOLINA AND RON GAL­LAGHER

cmolina@new­sob­ rgal­lagher@new­sob­

As the multi-agency search for a miss­ing Lumberton 13-year-old en­tered its fourth day Thurs­day, au­thor­i­ties found the green SUV the teen was ab­ducted in. They also asked for the pub­lic’s help in iden­ti­fy­ing a per­son seen on a sur­veil­lance video walk­ing to­ward the site of the kid­nap­ping.

But there was no sign of the teen, Ha­nia Noelia Aguilar, who has been miss­ing since Mon­day morn­ing.

Ha­nia was wait­ing for her fam­ily to take her to school Mon­day at the Rose­wood Mo­bile Home Park when she was taken. A caller to 911 told an op­er­a­tor that the fam­ily’s Ford Ex­pe­di­tion was al­ready run­ning when the teen was taken by a male sub­ject dressed in all black and wear­ing a yel­low ban­dana.

On Thurs­day, some yel­low crime scene tape re­mained in Ha­nia’s yard and around a neigh­bor’s house at the mo­bile home park. Sev­eral friends walked into Ha­nia’s house with gro­cery bags. Ha­nia’s fam­ily de­clined to speak with a (Raleigh) News & Ob­server re­porter.

The FBI said Thurs­day morn­ing that a tip­ster alerted au­thor­i­ties to the lo­ca­tion of the miss­ing ve­hi­cle, which was found on Quincey Drive in Lumberton.


Later Thurs­day, the FBI re­leased the sur­veil­lance video of a per­son seen walk­ing to­ward the mo­bile home park on Mon­day morn­ing. They asked for the pub­lic’s help in iden­ti­fy­ing the per­son. The per­son ap­pears to be a man walk­ing south on Lam­beth Street then turn­ing left on High­way 41 about an hour be­fore Ha­nia was kid­napped, ac­cord­ing to FBI in­ves­ti­ga­tor Andy De­larocha.

The per­son ap­pears to be wear­ing light-col­ored shoes, a light-col­ored shirt and a dark hoodie.

“Our search for Ha­nia ex­pands ev­ery sec­ond and it also be­comes more and more dire,” the FBI said Thurs­day. “We still need your help.”

Ha­nia is a His­panic fe­male, 5 feet tall, weigh­ing about 126 pounds. She has black hair, and brown eyes. She was last seen wear­ing a blue shirt with flow­ers and blue jeans.

Maria Perez, 32, a neigh­bor just down the road from Ha­nia’s house, said she saw po­lice cars as she waited with her kids Mon­day morn­ing at the bus stop, which is at the en­trance of the neigh­bor­hood.

“The park was sur­rounded with po­lice,” Perez said. “I had no idea what hap­pened.”

She said she didn’t know Ha­nia was miss­ing un­til later in the day, when she went to a neigh­bor’s house that had been closed off with yel­low tape.

“It was strange be­cause their car wasn’t at the bus stop,” Perez said. “We usu­ally leave the kids at the bus stop, and we know who else is there to leave their kids.”

Perez, who has been a res­i­dent in the mo­bile park for four years, said she and her fam­ily live in fear. A few homes down the street from her, a young man was stabbed re­cently, she said. She also said other res­i­dents have been as­saulted in the mo­bile home park and that some homes have been bro­ken into while the res­i­dents were at work.

It’s nor­mal to see non­res­i­dents walk­ing through the neigh­bor­hood at night, Perez added.

Casey Chavis, 20, a res­i­dent and main­te­nance worker at the mo­bile home park, said the street­lights through­out the park are not bright. He said most of the homes that get bro­ken into are in the back of the park, where it’s not well lit.

“I try to stay in the house when it gets close to dark time,” Chavis said.

Swing sets, bi­cy­cles and tram­po­lines are in sev­eral yards in the front half of Rose­wood. At the heart of the park, a pic­ture of Ha­nia was taped to the com­mu­nity mail­boxes Thurs­day.


The FBI said an Ev­i­dence Re­sponse Team, made up of agents with spe­cial train­ing in ev­i­dence col­lec­tion and anal­y­sis, would process the SUV.

The ve­hi­cle’s dis­cov­ery came a day af­ter the FBI had is­sued a re­quest for video or still im­ages from any­one who had a cam­era op­er­at­ing in the area around where Ha­nia was kid­napped.

The agency re­peated the re­quest Thurs­day, and agents asked any­one with any pic­tures or other in­for­ma­tion to call a Lumberton Po­lice Depart­ment tip line at 910272- 5871.

The FBI has posted a $ 15,000 re­ward for in­for­ma­tion that helps them find Ha­nia.

Neigh­bor Mild­caler Howie, 40, said her eighth-grade son had some classes with Ha­nia at Lumberton Ju­nior High School. She pointed to the neigh­bor’s tram­po­line where the two used to hang out. “He cries ev­ery night,” Howie said of her son.

She said when her son asked her whether she thinks in­ves­ti­ga­tors will find Ha­nia she said to him, “Baby, we just gotta pray ev­ery­thing gonna be OK. It’s all we can do, right? We hope they find her.”

Ron Gal­lagher 919- 829- 4572 @RPGKT


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