ROBESON COUNTY, N.C. (WFMY) – The FBI believes they have found the body of 13-year-old, Hania Aguilar who was abducted from her home in Lumberton.
Investigators were following leads Tuesday afternoon in their search to find Hania when they made the discovery.
The FBI has sent the body to the state crime lab for positive identity and an autopsy.
FBI Agents and Lumberton Police Department Detectives found the body in an area off Wire Grass Road in Robeson County Tuesday afternoon around 4:45 p.m.
The FBI was searching in the area where they asked for video surveillance from the public near where Hania was last seen.
That included the Wire Grass Road area where they discovered the body.
On Saturday, investigators released photos of the shoes Hania was wearing when she disappeared.
The FBI said, “Please continue to pray for Hania, her family, and each other as the investigation continues to find out who kidnapped Hania and hold them responsible.”
An Amber Alert was issued earlier this month for the Hania after investigators said she was forced into an SUV and taken from her Lumberton home. She was outside her home just before 7:00 a.m. waiting for her family to drive to school. That’s when a neighbor heard her scream, looked outside and saw a man dressed in all black and wearing a yellow bandana force Hania into a relative’s vehicle that was parked in the driveway.
Investigators later found the stolen SUV abandoned in a wooded area.
A $30,000 reward has been offered for information that leads to the location of Hania or information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the person responsible for abducting and murdering Hania.
If you have any information call the FBI tip line at 910-272-5871.