Hania Aguilar, 13, was taken from the front yard of her family home in North Carolina on November 5, 2018. Local police and the FBI have joined forces to find her and bring her kidnapper to justice. Keep reading this Hania Aguilar wiki to learn what we know so far about the missing teen and her case.
For Hania Noelia Aguilar, Monday, November 5 started off as just a normal day. She was getting ready to go to school that morning when she went outside to start her aunt’s SUV in the Rosewood Mobile Home Park in Lumberton, near East Elizabethtown Road.
|About Hania Noelia Aguilar|
|Birth||March 21, 2005|
|Address||Lumberton, North Carolina|
As the 13-year-old patiently waited outside her home next to the idling vehicle, a green 2003 Ford Expedition, the unthinkable happened.
Just before 7:00 a.m., a man dressed all in black, save for a yellow bandanna covering his face, approached Aguilar, forced her into her aunt’s SUV, and drove off down the street.
The entire incident happened so quickly that neighbors who witnessed the kidnapping didn’t know how to react.
As soon as Aguilar’s aunt realized what had happened, she immediately ran to the home of a nearby neighbor and called the police. Since she was speaking in Spanish, frantically explaining what had just happened, the dispatcher had to put a translator on the line.
In the time since Aguilar’s disappearance a lot of progress has been made in the investigation, but not enough to actually locate the eighth grader or her abductor. Here’s what we know so far about Hania Aguilar and the events leading up to her kidnapping.
Hania Aguilar Doesn’t Have Much of a Social Media Presence
Hania Aguilar was born on March 21, 2005.
It’s unclear whether Aguilar, a student at Lumberton Junior High School, wasn’t very active on social media (which is unusual for a child her age) or if her social media accounts are under another name or have been shut down since the investigation began. Either way, she doesn’t seem to have much of a social media presence at all.
Ironically, law enforcement involved in the case, including the local police department and the North Carolina FBI, are using all online mediums to find information that could lead to a suspect or help them locate Aguilar.
Hania Aguilar is described as a Hispanic girl with brown eyes and long black hair. She is five feet tall and weighs approximately 125 pounds. During the time of her abduction, she was wearing blue jeans and a blue shirt that had flowers on it.
Man Caught on Surveillance Video Just Before Kidnapping
One of the scariest things about this case is that Hania Aguilar was standing right outside her home in broad daylight when she was unexpectedly taken. And the abductor used her own family’s vehicle to commit the crime.
The FBI has released surveillance videos showing an unidentified man walking in and around the area where the kidnapping took place just before it happened.
At this time, they’re not claiming that the man is a suspect or a person of interest, but they do believe he could be a witness. They are interested in speaking with him to find out if he has any information that could lead to Aguilar’s whereabouts.
“Someone knows this man, and we need you to call us,” FBI Supervisor Andy de la Rocha said. “Maybe you recognize the way he walks, his mannerisms, or maybe he will recognize himself on TV.”
An Amber Alert has also been issued:
Authorities don’t believe that Aguilar knew her abductor, and they’re not sure if this was a targeted crime or if she was randomly chosen.
The Missing Vehicle Has Been Found
On November 8, two days after Hania Aguilar was kidnapped from her home, her aunt’s vehicle was discovered less than 10 miles away from the Rosewood Mobile Home Park on Quincey Drive.
Police immediately began scouring the vehicle and the area around it, trying to find more clues as to what could’ve happened to Aguilar and where her kidnapper may have taken her.
All the evidence uncovered inside the vehicle was sent away to a crime lab in Quantico, Virginia. Authorities have yet to reveal if they found anything noteworthy or useful to the investigation inside the SUV.
There’s a Reward Available for Anyone with Helpful Information
Anyone who provides information that leads to an arrest or the recovery of Hania Aguilar will be rewarded with $30,000. The FBI will provide $25,000 and the rest will be from North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper.
Initially the reward was worth $15,000, but it increased in value when it became evident that this would be an extensive, ongoing investigation. Authorities are working with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) to find Aguilar.
According to the NCMEC web site, there’s currently a total of 78 reported missing children and young adults in the state of North Carolina, including Hania Aguilar.
See: Abby Lynn Patterson, also missing from Lumberton, North Carolina
Hania Aguilar’s Mother Has Received Online Backlash and Criticism
Hania Aguilar’s mother, Elsa Hernandez, released a statement via the FBI pleading for the girl’s safe return. She also made several TV appearances, which have drawn criticism online. People were quick to judge everything from her appearance to her reaction to the news of her missing daughter.
“Despite all the criticism and speculation against me, I would never use my daughter’s name in order to take advantage of this situation,” said Hernandez. “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.”
FBI spokeswoman Shelley Lynch observed: “Every time a mother or family member talks on TV about something like this, the bad side of social media comes out. And that is stressful for her—for people to pick apart how she looks and her reaction. It’s heartbreaking.”
Authorities have also urged the public to stop spreading rumors about Aguilar or false sightings of the missing girl. This type of behavior just makes it harder for investigators to solve the case.
Although police have received well over 50 leads so far, none of them have been substantiated. Their main focus is to try to locate the mysterious man in the surveillance videos. They believe that finding and speaking to him is the key to solving this particular case.
The investigation has spread across states including Florida, South Carolina, Georgia, and Tennessee. Authorities aren’t sure if Hania Aguilar’s kidnapper has taken her out of North Carolina, but they’re not leaving any stones unturned.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the FBI’s tip line at 910-272-5871. You can also contact the Lumberton Police Department at 910-671-3845 or the NCMEC hotline at 1-800-843-5678.