LUMBERTON, NC (WMBF) - The search continues after more than a week for 13-year-old Hania Aguilar, who was reportedly abducted last Monday- Nov. 5 - in Lumberton.
On Tuesday, the FBI increased the reward to $25,000 for information that leads to the location of Aguilar or information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the person responsible for kidnapping her.
Hania’s mother released a statement saying:
“I trust in God that my daughter will return. No one knows the pain I have in my heart. Despite all the criticism and speculation against me, I would never use my daughter’s name in order to take advantage of this situation.I thank all those people who have provided me help. Please, if you know something, call. I ask everyone not to make absurd comments. For the love of God respect my pain. I only want Hania, my princess, back. I miss her.”
On Tuesday afternoon, there was a report of a possible sighting of Hania in Charlotte.
In a press release, the FBI said:
“At this time, there is no reason to believe the report is accurate. Someone in Charlotte called police to report they saw someone who looks like Hania. We greatly appreciate our partners at CMPD working to check on the report. We continue to encourage people to call if they have information to help #FindHania. She has not been found.”
Surveillance video was collected from homes and businesses near Hania’s home at Rosewood Mobile Home Park. Investigators said they need to talk to everyone in the area about the girl’s disappearance.
Urgency for information regarding her disappearance grows with each passing minute and officials are pleading for anyone who knows anything to step forward.
"It breaks my heart to stand here before you five days later after Hania’s been missing and kidnapped, and not have her back home yet,” Lumberton Police Chief Michael McNeill said during a Friday press conference.
During that press conference, it was announced the North Carolina Governor’s Office is adding its own reward of $5,000 for information to help find Hania.
On Nov. 9, the North Carolina Emergency Management Office conducted ground searches in the area of Quincey Road, where the stolen SUV used in connection with the teen’s kidnapping was found a day earlier.
Investigators also continue to try and identify a man seen walking near the area where Hania was kidnapped.
According to a press release from the FBI, the man appears to be wearing light-colored shoes, a light-colored shirt, and a hoodie walking south on Lambert Street, then turning north on Highway 41/Elizabethtown Highway toward the Rosewood Mobile Home Park.
According to a press release, the FBI’s evidence response team will process the vehicle. Residents and business owners on or around Quincey Road who have a video surveillance camera system are asked to call the FBI’s tip line at (910) 272-5871.
The vehicle is described as a green 2002 Ford Expedition with South Carolina license plate NWS-984. It is registered to Velasquez Hernandez of Summerville, SC.
Officials said Monday morning, Hania was waiting outside her home to be driven to school by a relative when she was kidnapped.
Quincey Road is located about 15 or 20 minutes south of where Hania was kidnapped.