What You Need to Know: Missing North Carolina 8th Grader Hania Aguilar

Body found off road in area searched by FBI for abducted North Carolina teen

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Hania Aguilar, 13, was kidnapped outside her home in Lumberton earlier this month as she was getting ready to go to school.

Federal agents and Lumberton police detectives found the body in an area off Wire Grass Road late Tuesday afternoon.

The body has not been positively identified but investigators with the FBI, Lumberton police, the State Bureau of Investigation and the Robeson County Sheriff's Office were following leads related to the search for Aguilar when the discovery was made, the FBI said. 

“Out of an abundance of caution, investigators have notified Hania's family, but again, no confirmation has been made of the identity of the body found,” the FBI said in a tweet. 

Family members said they last saw the eighth-grader the morning of Nov. 5 when she went outside to start a relative's vehicle to prepare to leave for the bus stop. That’s when they police a man forced the girl into an SUV and drove off.

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Authorities said the SUV was later found in Lumberton several miles from the mobile home park where Aguilar lived.

Investigators had been collecting and analyzing surveillance video since Aguilar was taken from her home and the FBI has followed up on more than 50 leads in the girl’s abduction.

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