LUMBERTON, N.C. (AP) – A body found in North Carolina has been preliminarily identified as a 13-year-old girl who was kidnapped in front of her house, investigators said Wednesday, bringing a sad conclusion to a three-week search on several hundred investigators.
Chief Lumberton Police Michael McNeill told reporters at a press conference that state laboratories tests indicate that the body was found on Tuesday at Hania Aguilar Tuesday. While the final decision is made with dental records, investigators believe that the body is her.
"This is the outcome we all were afraid of," he said. "We did not want to hear this. We wanted to get Hani back home and bring her back home to our community, pain."
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He promised to bring everyone who is responsible to justice. The investigators said that there are currently no suspects or persons of interest.
The chief said Hania's body was found in watercourses in Robeson County, about 10 miles south of the fleet of mobile homes, where she was kidnapped on November 5, after she went outside to start a SUV before school.
The authorities would not clarify whether the body was concealed, but said it was not visible from the road or it was obvious to people passing by. The researchers spent the middle of the day breaking the area in the daylight after finding the body of the night before.
The cause of death has not been released, until the autopsy. Investigators would not describe the state of the body. An FBI official said there was no information about whether Haniya was killed where she was found or elsewhere.
Police say the man forced Hani to the SUV and drove away. The SUV was found several miles south of its mobile home park. The body was found a few miles away.
McNeill said earlier that the witness saw a man dressed in black with a yellow bandage to grab Hania at the Rosewood Mobile Home Park in Lumberton. The police say the eighth builder took the aunt's keys to start the vehicle to get ready to go to the bus station. They say that a man forced him on a green Ford expedition and drove away.
The FBI soon started searching, offering a reward and transferring its image across the country. The SUV was found abandoned a few days later, but the characters of the girl or her remain some investigators for several weeks.
Drones, dogs and a large number of people searching for footbridges spent the next week cleaning the county about 100 miles south of Raleigh.
The $ 30,000 prize remains available for information about the kidnapping of Hania, the FBI reported.