Hania Aguilar missing Lumberton, North Carolina
December 13, 2018 – The DA plans to speak with Hania’s family to disclose they missed evidence that would have likely put away the suspect before he would have been able to harm Hania.
December 8, 2018
Michael Ray McLellan, 34, has been arrested in connection with the kidnapping and murder of Hania Noelia Aguilar.
McLellan was being held at the time of his arrest in law enforcement custody on charges unrelated to the case, the FBI said.
The Lumberton Police Department charged McLellan with 10 felonies on state charges including first-degree murder, first-degree forcible rape, statutory rape of a person 15 years of age or younger, first-degree sexual offense, statutory sex offense with a person 15 years or younger, first-degree kidnapping, felony larceny, felony restraint, abduction of child and concealment of a death.
Nov. 28, 2018
Police Chief Michael McNeil said preliminary tests identified body as that of Aguilar. Dental records will confirm that, McNeil said.
The body was found in a body of water off Wire Grass Road around 4:45 p.m. Tuesday, according to Sheriff Ken Sealey.
In spite of the rumors on Facebook, FBI Agent Andy De la Rocha said they do not have a person of interest in the case.
“I would remind the public to always remain vigilant, no matter where they are and what they’re doing,” De la Rocha said. “We are continuing to follow up on all logical leads, looking at all the evidence we have recovered, and we continue to ask the public, through the media. We are still looking for help and assistance. There’s more information out there.”
A $30,000 reward remains in place for the arrest and conviction in the case.
A tip line remains open – 910-272-5871.
Investigators following leads in the disappearance of a Hania have found a body in the water off Wire Grass Road on Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2018. The FBI is awaiting positive identification.
Nov 8, 2018 – The SUV has been found about 10 miles from the park. The police will process it looking for any clues.
“Someone called 911 and said they saw the vehicle backed up in the woods,” Lumberton Police Chief McNeil said during the press conference. “We immediately secured the scene. There is an incredible amount of investigative work going on to find Hania. That’s our main goal right now.” The FBI is seeking the identity of the person in the video below.
Police are searching for Hania Aguilar, 13, who was taken from her Lumberton, South Carolina home in Monday. Hania was in the front yard of her home in the Rosewood Mobile Home Park at 3525 E. Elizabethtown Road around 7 a.m. She was there to start a green 2002 Ford Expedition SUV that belonged to her aunt. A man dressed in black clothing and wearing a yellow bandana over his face forced Hania into the car and drove off with her.
The vehicle is a green 2002 Ford Expedition SUV. It has paint peeling from the hood and a Clemson sticker on the rear window. South Carolina tag NWS 984.
Anyone with information is asked to call 911 or a special Lumberton Police Department tip line at 910-272-5871.