Kid­nap­ping case: FBI seeks ID of per­son on video

The News & Observer - - Triangle & N.C. - 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 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. 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.

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.

“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.”

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 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 FBI re­peated the re­quest Thurs­day, and agents asked any­one with any pic­tures or other in­for­ma­tion to call a Lumberton Po­lice Depart­ment tip line at 910-272-5871. The agency has posted a $15,000 re­ward for in­for­ma­tion that helps them find Ha­nia.

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