By Erin Smith
Rumors about an arrest in the abduction of a Lumberton teen have been making the rounds in Bladen County and on social media. On Thursday afternoon (November 29th), the FBI is reporting there have been no arrests in the kidnapping and murder of 13-year-old Hania Aguilar.
“No one has been arrested or charged in connection with Hania’s kidnapping and death,” said Shelley Lynch, the Public Information Officer with the FBI’s Charlotte field office.
The body of Hania Aguilar was found on Tuesday afternoon in a body of water off Wire Grass Road in Robeson County. Investigators were following leads in the investigation of Aguilar’s kidnapping when they found her body.
According to the FBI, Hania was kidnapped outside her home at the Rosewood Mobile Home Park, located on Elizabethtown Road in Lumberton, on Monday, November 5, just before 7 a.m. She was waiting for a relative to come and drive her to school. According to the FBI, Hania was forced into a stolen green Ford Expedition with South Carolina tags. The stolen SUV was found on Quincey Drive in Lumberton.
In an earlier press release, the Lumberton Police Department had requested the public to please refrain from speculating about the case or spreading false information.
A Lumberton Police Department post on their social media account said, “Please do not post, share rumors or speculate about the case. If the information does not come from the FBI or the Lumberton PD, it is NOT confirmed, NOT official, and may not be accurate, in fact it may be wrong or just be completely made up. If you want to help us, stop spreading gossip and rumors online.”
Investigators are still seeking surveillance videos from around the time Hania was abducted. The Lumberton Police Department, the SBI , and the FBI are requesting anyone with surveillance video in the vicinity of Wire Grass Road to please call the tip line at 910-272-5871.