FBI Charlotte
Public Affairs Specialist Shelley Lynch
slynch@fbi.gov
November 9, 2018

November 30, 2018 Update: Hania Aguilar has been found deceased. The FBI and Lumberton Police Department are continuing the investigation to find the person responsible for kidnapping and killing Hania Aguilar, and the FBI is offering a reward of up to $25,000 for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the person responsible. No arrest has been made in connection to this investigation. Anyone with information is encouraged to call the tip line at (910) 272-587. 

Investigators Seek to Identify Possible Witness Seen Near Kidnapping Scene in Lumberton

Search for 13-Year-Old Hania Noelia Aguilar Continues

The Lumberton Police Department and the FBI ask for continued assistance to locate 13-year-old Hania Noelia Aguilar. Investigators have been collecting surveillance video from homes and businesses near Hania’s home at Rosewood Mobile Home Park since she was kidnapped on November, 5, 2018. Investigators need your help to identify a person seen walking on surveillance video near the kidnapping scene. Three separate videos show a man wearing light colored shoes, a light-colored shirt, and a hoodie walking down Lambeth Street, then turning left onto Highway 41/Elizabethtown Road towards the Rosewood Mobile Home Park.

“Someone knows this man and we need you to call us. Maybe you recognize the way he walks, his mannerisms, or maybe he will recognize himself on TV. The public was critical in the recovery of the SUV, now we need you to come through again for us. Who is the man on the video?”, said Supervisory Resident Agent Andy Delarocha, FBI.

Several vehicles were seen on the video driving by the man walking. Please contact our tip line at 910-272-5871 with any information. If you are this individual, please call the tip line and speak with investigators, your assistance may help in locating Hania.

The stolen SUV was found before 8:00 a.m. Thursday morning, November 8, 2018, off Quincey Drive in Lumberton, North Carolina. Chief Michael McNeill urged everyone who lives nearby to check their own property, “Go take a look around your property and inside sheds or outbuildings. You know your property best. Call our tip line immediately if you see anything unusual or out of place.” The North Carolina Emergency Management Office conducted ground searches within a mile of where the SUV was found on Friday, November 9, 2018.

Hania was outside her home at the Rosewood Mobile Home Park located at 3525 Elizabethtown Road, Lumberton, North Carolina, on November 5, 2018, just before 7:00 a.m. She had gone outside just before her family left to drive to school. A witness heard her scream, looked outside, and saw a male subject dressed in all black and wearing a yellow bandana force Hania into a relative’s vehicle that was parked in the driveway.

Hania is a Hispanic female, 5 feet tall, weighing approximately 126 pounds. She has black hair and brown eyes. She was last seen wearing a blue shirt with flowers and blue jeans. Hania’s family is working with law enforcement and fully cooperating with investigators to locate the teen. The photos below were taken the day before her kidnapping.

The Lumberton Police Department has set up a special tip line to call if you have information to help investigators find Hania at 910-272-5871. Missing posters are now available in English and Spanish on www.fbi.gov

Missing 13 year old Hania Noelia Aguilar