FBI hopes new photos of missing N.C. girl will crack case

New photo of kidnapping victim Hania Aguilar from Lumberton, N.C. Photo courtesy of FBI.

Nov. 12 (UPI) — Authorities hoped Monday new photographs of a missing North Carolina girl will lead to her discovery.

Hania Aguilar disappeared a week ago Monday and neither police nor the FBI have found her. Over the weekend, the bureau released new photos of the 13-year-old girl, hoping they might lead to her recovery.

A reward in the case was also raised to $20,000.

The FBI, Lumberton Police, Moore County Sheriff’s Office and Fort BraggMilitary Police sought to interview neighbors who lived near the girl. She was kidnapped Nov. 5 as she waited for a ride to school, police said.

A witness said they saw a man dressed in black and a yellow bandana force Aguilar into a green sport-utility vehicle. Authorities found the SUV last week, but not the girl.

Police have been asking businesses for surveillance video to help in the investigation.

The FBI is offering $15,000 in the case and North Carolina has added $5,000.

Last week, investigators identified a possible suspect in surveillance video from the girl’s neighborhood.


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